Ardleigh House Garden, 20th June 2017

There is nothing like going out and painting and drawing in the open air. The experience is wonderful and today was no exception. Using …

Southend Five Boats June 10th 2017

On a recent mini break to Southend, I saw these five boats. It was as if somebody had set them up for a composition. …

Painting a Diamond,1st May 2017

When you look at a diamond you see lots of reflections and geometric shapes. When drawing a diamond, you have to follow that pattern …

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Painting A Ship’s Structure

This painting looks nothing like the original photograph I used as a reference, a photograph which was taken in Auckland Harbour by one of …

Floral Art

The considerations:- Edging – leave the edge of petals the colour of the paper. Curls on leaves and petals – where two lines cross …

Painting a Slowly Moving Steam Train

The pertinent points of this painting: repetition of shape, vertical lines, horizontal lines, numbering/lettering, ellipses and in this particular exercise a very clear one …

Painting a Snow Scene using Watercolours

Watercolours are the perfect medium for painting snow. The subtleness of watercolour tones and then the intenseness of watercolour tones can work dynamically together …

Painting Food

As with paintings of children, paintings of food has its own unique attraction. From a simple piece of bread to a festive feast, paintings …

Painting and Drawing Children

Following a request from one of my learners regarding how to paint children I have put together a short series of lessons as an …

Worm’s Eye View, 16th November 2016

This exercise not only involved using a worm’s eye view but it also involved using circles. I asked the classes to draw the smallest …

Unusual Perspectives and Portraits

It is not a usual perspective for a portrait to be looking up at a face from a worm’s eye view. Therefore, it is …

Pastel Painting

Using pastels is great fun, a tactile messy medium. But that should not deter anybody from using this wonderful medium. I always use Sennelier …