Sunset over the Beach

I had intended to make this a wash and pen painting but did not anticipate the particularly damp weather conditions last week when I …

The Dahlia in the Garden

This was an exercise I set for the Tuesday morning Watercolour Classes. One of my lesson outcomes was to see what each learner did regarding …

Bluetit Drinking Water

A beautiful little bird, drinking water, perching on a log: a fantastic composition to paint or draw.   I turned the watercolour paper landscape …

The Colour Pink and Fashion Art

There is one colour I always find a very pleasing challenge and that is the colour pink. Although pink is just the lightest tone …

Shadows Cast in the Hot Sun

When the sun is as strong as it has been over the past few weeks the brightness of shadows and the contrast of other …

Look Around You …

Never overlook an everyday object. It can hold a plethora of challenges, delights and frustrations for any artist. Sit in your lounge and have …

Just Imagine …

If you have a look through your photo album you may be able to find (just like I did) a rather ordinary looking photograph …

Ardleigh House Garden Quick Paintings

Here is an exercise you are going to enjoy … take your pencil, paints, a board, your brushes and water. Do not take an eraser. …

Painting a Street Scene in Watercolours

Representing a moving crowd – if figures are vertical they look static, if figures are slightly diagonal they look at if they are strolling …

Painting a Honey Bee in Watercolours

When painting an animal or bird, if you scale them up to a large degree, they often look “wrong”. But if a tiny insect …