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

How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour

With Christmas nearly here I thought some viewers may be interested in painting a robin.   They are real characters aren’t they? They claim your back garden as their own turf and defend it feistily.   The robin song is a delight and today I found this lovely short clip of a robin singing away – it is worth a listen if only to get … Continue reading How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour

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

This Week’s Art

This week has seen a lot of art being made:) Tuesday daytime – I was teaching my Art Spirit Painter’s Group how to paint a tall ship Tuesday evening I was doing a watercolour horse demonstration to Sully Art Group Friday afternoon was spent with my growing Tonteg Art Spirit Painter’s group where we painted a Moroccan doorway and on Saturday morning I gave a one … Continue reading This Week’s Art

New Paintings this Week – watercolour dogs and a watercolour hare

Had a busy week this week completing two more watercolour dog commissions. I also painted a hare in a midnight countryside scene as one of my demos for my weekly art class. I loved painting this grand old corgi as his face and eyes are so full of joy and love. I used pale watercolour washes of Raw Sienna, Winsor Violet and Cerulean Blue to … Continue reading New Paintings this Week – watercolour dogs and a watercolour hare

All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages

For the last 3 days I have been RIVETTED by the book I am reading. It is called The Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska  but it is not the one by Jack London. Instead it is written by a modern-day mountainman called Guy Grieve who like many people felt the pull of the wild and upped sticks from an office job in … Continue reading All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages

How to paint a Christmas Wreath – Watercolour demo

If you are feeling Christmassy and want to paint a Christmas wreath then please have a go at this demo. It includes the old favourites of shiny and spiky holly leaves interwoven with the stark simplicity of mistletoe and punctuated with the star of the show – poinsettia. I used Arches hot pressed 90lb watercolour paper – unstretched – I just painted right onto it. … Continue reading How to paint a Christmas Wreath – Watercolour demo

Art Demo – How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour

I was recently asked to paint a robin for somebody’s Dad for Xmas and coupled with the fact that I am also hosting 3 watercolour workshops in the next 2 weeks featuring how to paint a robin I thought I would be clever and combine the two. So here he or she is – a simple robin with the well-loved scarlet breast and a cute … Continue reading Art Demo – How to Paint a Robin in Watercolour

Messing about with nastursiums in watercolour

So disappointing  – my real nastursium seedlings are taking a hammering by greenfly so yesterday I finally gave in and sprayed them with bug spray. I hope they pull through as I love their tumultuous tumbling oranges, reds and yellows . Meantime I started a loose nastursium watercolour as part of a demo I did at the Kestral Art Society in Pencoed, Bridgend last Thursday. … Continue reading Messing about with nastursiums in watercolour