Starting this week on Youtube I am offering a short and sweet single colour watercolour study! These will come out every fortnight and will help you glean watercolour techniques. Start today by painting this simple orange pumpkin. Getting regular and simple practice is great for beginners as well as seasoned painters! Keep your skills sharp and enjoy painterly peace, pleasure & prowess! Alison Continue reading Become a Watercolour Whizz!
PLANNING for PEACE I teach a private weekly watercolour class for 18 super people. The task of getting 39 weekly watercolour classes planned for the academic year 18-19 has been exciting, hard and satisfying. Ultimately has given my poor old mind peace instead of constantly thinking about what to paint for next class each week. I decided to get to grips with my planning as … Continue reading Planning a Year’s Watercolour Classes
This last 2 weeks I have drastically overhauled my YouTube channel. This pesky job has been 2 years in the waiting and now – as I recovery from surgery – I have the time to concentrate on it! It has been a huge relief to get all my images looking uniform with my signature purple strip and name in white. This makes it easier for … Continue reading Watercolour Tutorials on Youtube
I was recently asked to paint some swans by a lovely lady for her new to be baby daughter’s nursery. She had already bought work off me back in 2014 for her first born and I was flattered that she came back for more of my art for such a special occasion. I researched swans and then created my own images from them. The work … Continue reading Watercolour Swans
Happy 2018 to my readers! After having a full hysterectomy on 16th November I’ve obviously been laid pretty low and had to take things very, very slowly indeed. But now things are easing up a bit pain and discomfort wise and so I am doing what I can to get ready for my weekly classes which start again in Pontypridd on March 2nd. It is … Continue reading First 2018 Bustle from the Studio
OVERWHELMED BY POSSIBILITIES As an artist it is overwhelming sometimes. I am interested in expressing so many subjects in so many styles and in so many moods. At times I flit between subjects never really going as deep as I would like. I feel I am surface – not able to commit to anything. This creates stress in me as I wish I could focus … Continue reading Creators – What are your deep loves?
Just lately I have had a month off from teaching my watercolour classes. Before I broke up for the summer I promised myself I would do some quirky and random play projects. So I did. I committed to my creativity by allowing my self some pure play – and it felt good! All I did was use lots of new colours that I had bought … Continue reading Watercolour Weaving – why not play and explore
Before you read any further would you like to just close your eyes and listen to the sounds of waves on a Cape Cod beach as seagulls and shorebirds call and sing in the sky. This will get you in the mood for this post which is inspired by the beauty of Cape Cod. I have recently read the cult classic for coastal … Continue reading The Outermost House and The House on Nauset Marsh – nature writing like no other
I have had this gorgeous horse image in my image bank for months now and have been building up to painting it. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/474000880/original-watercolor-horse-painting-horse?ref=shop_home_active_1 I finally completed it and enjoyed getting the muzzle min particular to a high degree of finish – something I have never done before as I found it very hard. That was remedied in part thanks to 10 weeks spent studying … Continue reading Painting Horses in Watercolour
…and turnips and other earthy things like wheelbarrows. It is really hard sometimes to set aside time to just totally play isn’t it? As soon as I think I can get down to just doodling and using different media in unusual ways to get my creativity going I realise that I have x,y,z task that MUST be done. Above are some let loose … Continue reading Know Your Onions