What’s New in the Studio this Month

LONG HARD WINTER After a long 4 wintry months of recovery from a full hysterectomy and then the disruption of Beast from the East – I am finally emerging from my hibernation and getting a wiggle on artwise. The above blue bottle still life was what I painted for a new watercolour group at Chapel Cottage Studio this week. We used this limited palette of … Continue reading What’s New in the Studio this Month

Top 5 Qualities I Strive for in my Watercolours

  There are so many brilliant watercolour artists around these days aren’t there? Just a brief search on Google¬†brings up a plethora of¬†distinctive styles all using this elegant and mercurial medium. There are many techniques, approaches and special additives you can add to watercolour to experiment further with different effects. Being immersed in art we all feed off one another to a degree – one … Continue reading Top 5 Qualities I Strive for in my Watercolours

Tonal Studies – Not for the Faint-hearted!

Well we all love colour and detail and texture in paintings but that is all just decoration and frippery compared to the big boys of painting – the tonal masses! DEFINITION of a TONE (or VALUE as they say in the USA) : A tone is the relative lightness or darkness of an object irrespective of its actual colour. If you, at the outset of … Continue reading Tonal Studies – Not for the Faint-hearted!