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A great way of practicing lettering!

What a wonderful way to practice using Viridian green!

A great way to practice wet on wet and working light to dark!

What a fantastic scene to paint, the use of a varied palette!

What beautiful flowers these are ..

Wonderful challenges in this composition!

What a great subject to paint, so many watercolour challenges involved!

The absolute sense of freedom when painting without drawing cannot be underestimated!

I painted my sheet of watercolour with an acrylic mix first so I could work on coloured ground. Very effective!

I painted my sheet of watercolour with an acrylic mix first so I could work on coloured ground. Very effective!

A great painting project to embark on!

I will be completing my painting of this tomorrow, looking forward to that!

A wonderful scene to capture in paint!

What a great challenge this was to paint, it was really two compositions in one, which I realised as I was painting it!

I would like to thank Nigel Waters for allowing me to use Before the Storm, one of his photographs, for my online courses. Everybody …

A lovely palette to work with!

A lovely subject to paint!

What a fantastic subject to paint, I can just here her sweet voice singing “Dream a little dream ….” !!!

Always a great pleasure to paint Elvis!

What a fantastic subject to paint!

Dancers are always such a delightful subject to paint in watercolours, or any other medium too.

This is the subject of the drawing lesson today, and what a nice subject it was to draw!

Wow! What an athlete! A great painting to complete in watercolours!

This is a drawing that I will make into a painting next week! Looking forward to painting the wonderful folds and flow of the …

A lovely painting to complete, find out how to do so by joining one of my online classes!

A great subject for a drawing – join one of my drawing classes to learn how to draw this athlete!

This is a watercolour painting, and the challenge was to achieve the great sense of space between the sea level and the upper level …

Pastels are a great medium to use, especially when you want to achieve vibrant colours. To find out how to use pastels, why not …

This is a lovely subject for a cute watercolour painting. Learn how to paint a raccoon by joining one of my online watercolour classes.

To learn how to use the Design Principle of Rhythm and Repetition as illustrated in this drawing, why not join one of my online …

A combination of two sets of pens and graphite is a good way to represent the fur and hair on the coat of any …

Using one colour to create a painting is a perfect way to challenge your watercolour tonal skills. Join on of my online courses to …

A great subject to paint, takes a while to complete, to find out how join my new online classes!

A fantastic subject to paint, join my online classes to find out how!

A great challenge to paint, a wonderful landscape and some very old cotton farming machinery. Join my online classes to find out how to …

I am now tutoring classes online during this current time and for the foreseeable future. These are interactive lessons, where you can see all …

This is one of those paintings where you do not need to complete a detailed drawing. I drew in the horizon line and the …

This is a photograph of a young horse who was found in a field in Essex in a very poor state of health. He …

I painted this using an old black and white photograph that was taken around 1900 as my reference material. This was when Romford was …

After completing a line drawing I then mixed up my palette. Pink can be a rather evasive colour to replicate. In my experience, a …

“White” flowers are a fantastic way to practice watercolour tonal value skills. I drew the flower petals and a number of the leaves around …

To begin this painting, I drew the lamp first and then all the books, at all their differing angles. The inspiration here was the …

The photographer Quintin Lake very kindly allowed me to use his photograph of Dawlish Breakwater in one of my watercolour classes. My painting is …

I made a line drawing of the figures first, to gauge the proportions of the buildings, coach, buses and lamp posts. When painting a …

I drew the building first ensuring I had the angles at the correct tilt with the aid of a ruler. As we are looking …

I used Sennelier card and Sennelier pastels and two different types of watercolour pencils to complete this painting. I use the card as I …

I worked this painting from a photograph of a very iconic advert photograph. I used the boy, his bike and basket of bread as …

I drew in the horizon line first, and then worked on the shapes of the dominant building. I then drew in the balloon shapes …

I made an outline drawing of the major shapes of the pipes and cogs. I did not make a detailed drawing as my intention …

This particular type of fishing is a skill that was borne out of necessity by fishermen in Sri Lanka. Balancing on a stilt and fishing …

With no tall buildings to block any view, this part of St Osyth is perfect for sky gazing. And gaze I did, when I …

This was a classroom exercise which I set for my drawing classes, and not only was it a very good way to develop pen …

I drew a detailed line drawing, working from the back and measuring as I worked, so all the elements were in proportion and the …

I worked this painting from a photograph I took of these beautiful flowers in a pot in my garden. But as I worked I …

To wake up in the morning and see these animals outside your bedroom window in this urban setting must be quite a treat. They …

A good source of reference material is photographs sent to me by family members. The photograph for this painting was sent to me by …

Using one colour to create a portrait is my favourite style of portraiture. I believe it allows the artist to represent the softness of …

The fascination of a body of water and its properties is a constant source of inspiration to me, and I would assume to you …

One of the wonderful attributes of being by the sea is experiencing the weather’s ever changing presence. I was enjoying a quiet break by …

This crowd of people were all at break time at a sports event. A sea of people in the background of a scene is …

I have been asked to take part in an exhibition at the Kenneth More Theatre. I used to successfully exhibit at the Kenneth More …

This painting was a classroom exercise that we worked from an old black and white photograph. The challenge was the angle of the buildings, …

My challenge here was to replicate the wonderful pattern on my teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl, a wonderful design. But also I needed …

There are quite a few different varieties of flowers that grow on Jaywick Sands but the one that really inspired me as we walked …

What a happy chap this little dog is, jumping over some netting, with his ears flapping about in the breeze. I used a variety …

This was part of a classroom exercise in my multimedia drawing class. Movement is always a good challenge for any artist, and here the …

Of course the big consideration in this painting is How Do I Paint the Stars? The versatility of watercolours allows us to use a …

Fashion figures measure 9 head heights. Many years ago, this was not the style of fashion illustrations. The figures were always too short and …

This subject is a perfect way to practice watercolour techniques. Wet on Wet – A peach is a way to practice this technique. Have …

What an inspiration this little wagtail was when I saw him land delicately on the grass in front of me. With his tail wagging …

I made a contour line graphite drawing of St Paul’s and also the large shapes of the flowers. I started painting the sky first. …

I always find that local beaches a great source of inspiration and the beach at St. Osyth’s is no exception. I went shell collecting …

This beautiful example of a duck is as much a pleasure to paint as to behold. I drew in the outline, of the duck …

Leave the paper white, paint the water blue/green/grey, use line (horizontal, vertical and diagonal), use gouache, paint wet on wet, paint in glazes or …

Drawing water is a challenge so you need to have a plan of how you are going to achieve drawing a body of water. …

This is a good composition to work to: a clear perspective leading to the background, a destination on the horizon, an obvious light source, and a …

For this drawing you will need your set of pencils, from H to your high B numbers. I used a ruler for the gate …

I included this in my watercolour classes following a request for practice on perspective. When thinking about perspective, do not think too much. It …

The purpose of this classroom exercise is to develop the learner’s ability in drawing and painting foreshortening. This is also a way to develop …

I drew in the shape of the head, ears, mane and chest, after such initial measuring as I scaled this up from a smallish …

The Art House Group originally started as learners in various classes I tutor. Over the years, all the learners have developed into artists with …

This is one of those fantastic scenes where there are scenes within scenes. The sky and copse of trees in the distance make a …

A rainy scene through a café window. What a great challenge for my watercolour learners. Although the scene is distorted, it is still clear …

This was my Christmas card for this year. I drew the lampposts and the railing, I used a ruler for this. I drew in …

Following a trip to this fantastic example of an Essex church (built circa 1120) I was inspired to make a painting of this wonderful …

This sort of internal scene in a shop has a fascination for me. The shapes, the colours, the subject matter, the varied age of …

A snow scene that is bereft of all signs of life or movement does not give any scope for using other elements to enhance …

The worm’s eye view perspective in this scene is accentuated by the wonderful shapes and curve of the pagodas tiers, therefore, it is important …

This was an exercise set for the Thursday afternoon class at Raphaels Park. I wanted to see what each learner would produce when given …

I wanted to really populate a field with little lambs and sheep. In the original photograph there were only a handful of lambs and …

These beautiful tiny birds boast the most beautiful colours. They have an iridescent quality and for that I used interference acrylic. It does not …

The closest I have been to Iceland is when I have visited Denmark, but if ever I do travel to Iceland I would certainly …

Painting and drawing horses is an exercise I would encourage any artist to busy themselves with. Drawing a horse involves using basic shapes, using …

I set myself a time limit on painting this scene, my reasoning being I wanted the class I was teaching to move away from …

I took a photograph on a mid week break to Felixstowe in August: the weather was beautiful and it made the colour of these …

Madame Agnes was a famous milliner who designed hats. The hat above is a 1937 creation of her own. The ingeniousness and uniqueness of …

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

We enjoyed a sunny day in the Park today when we created some mosaics for temporary display in the foyer of the Lodge building. …

One of the best ways to practice and develop your use of your tonal skills in watercolours is to work in one colour. At …

When painting a person of advanced years you need to ensure they look their age. The eyes of a person sink further into the …

There is always the challenge in fashion art on how to make a material look soft, heavy, light, etc. With the model in the …

What attracted me to paint this subject was the dominant shape in the foreground, giving the illusion that you are cruising along the open …

This is a good painting to encourage you to use tonal skills. You will only use black and white and pink in this painting, …

The surge of the water was what attracted me to take this photograph on a recent visit to Southend. I liked the way the …

Adding figures to any painting will give it movement, depth and gives scale to the elements around the figures. When you are walking behind …

A decision in this painting was whether to include the cars or omit them. I decided to include, which could suggest the old and …

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

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

An eye usually becomes the focal point of a painting of a bird: our own eyes are literally drawn to that part of the …

Make a line drawing of the shape of the bridge. It is an interesting optical illusion, with bricks at varying angles and the top …

When using pen and wash both mediums have to be given as much importance as each other. This is a fantastic building to draw, …

For this exercise you will need watercolour paints, watercolour pencils and graphite pencils, as well as an eraser and all your other usual painting …

In the middle of a council car park outside the local polyclinic. Not really the place you would expect to see a tree of …

Within this exercise you will use watercolour pencils to:   Make watercolour washes Mix paint on the paper Use sandpaper to make pencil shavings …

Within this exercise, there are various watercolour techniques to practice and develop. Painting a strawberry, this involves a palette from yellow, cadmium red (yellow …

This is a Good Way to practice your colour mixing skills. To mix your own greens you can use any natural pigment blue with …

Painting lace is the perfect way to practice Negative Space Painting. This is not a quick process, so one that you can enjoy completing …

Painting a snow scene is a good way to practice your painting skills and more importantly it is great fun. When you add a …

This has to be one of my favourite subjects to paint. The amount of colours you can see in rust make it a fantastic …

Make a drawing of the car. This car is on a diagonal, which is an advantage when suggesting the principle of movement. Draw in …

It is possible to work from a photograph if you are asked to paint a family pet. I used a photograph of this beautiful little …

I included this exercise in my Friday drawing classes to illustrate how to draw/paint an adult and a baby as some learners find showing age …

When you are painting a rock formation there is a lot of work to do, a varied palette, the crags in the rock, the …

Decide on the layout you are going to use for this painting. Although the photograph we are using as a reference is landscape, I …

Snowy night scenes, especially of Central London, have a wonderful appeal.  For this particular scene, I made a sketch of the street lamps, the …

Never visited Littlehampton before but now I have been I cannot fail to go back again and again. Some of the views and scenes …

On this course I will teach you how to use oils, acrylics and pastels. As the venue is in Raphael Park, there is a …

Our exhibition will be on display from Sunday, a wide variety of subject matter and styles.

We spent a very enjoyable painting session in The Lodge at Raphael Park today. We had planned to paint in the open air but …

You do not have to look far to find inspiring subject matter. This is a painting of a wall tile in my kitchen. I was …

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

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

This painting was worked from a black and white photograph. The angle of the head, the direction of the gaze, the expression on the …

This was an exercise from the drawing classes I tutor on Fridays. There was plenty to consider here: over 120 ellipses, keys, lettering, perspectives, …

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

I have been watching these fascinating geese every time I visit the park, since they landed in the park in February. Their colours are …

On a trip down to the seaside last week, I took a photograph from the passenger seat of the car of St Mary’s Church …

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

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

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 …

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

On another walk through Raphael Park Romford, this time in the late afternoon, the weather was rainy and cold but the colours of the …

The reasons I complete thumbnail sketches: a thumbnail sketch makes the painting process easier regarding perspectives, scaling, value, lights and darks, the rule of …

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

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

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 …

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 …

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

Peeling paint presents a set of abstract shapes, rather similar to a sky scape. Different brush strokes can be used to achieve differing effects …

Painting rusty objects in watercolours involves four particular techniques:- wet on wet, splash painting, drip painting and glazing. For the classes, I sorted out …

I had chosen three subjects, and three specific types of portraits for the day. The first subject was Poldark, the specific here was a …

The above painting was one from the selection we painted in the summer day course last Friday. We worked from a photograph I took …

This was the second of the workshops that I tutored and the subject was Landscapes. Each of the three set pieces centered on one …

We visited the park again today and found a very shady spot, overlooking the lake, trees, people and looking towards the houses opposite. We …

I am tutoring four workshops at Ardleigh House this summer. On Friday the subject matter was floral art, but in every one of the …

A change in the weather from our previous trip meant that we did not have to seek shade so we could sit in the …

On the hottest day of the year to date, we embarked on a field trip to Raphael’s Park. We headed for The Bandstand, and …

Some pigments have some amazing qualities, and burnt umber is one of those. In its natural form it is known as raw umber, and …

I am tutoring a Summer Course at Ardleigh House which is suitable for all levels of ability. This course is always very popular, as …

If you are serious about painting flowers you need to study flowers in depth – flower shapes and leave shapes especially. What I would …

The cloche hat was designed by the French milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908 and became highly popular in the 1920s. This was a very …

A poke bonnet was made of straw and was often then overlaid with other material, in this case, velvet. The hat had a small crown …

Washes can prove challenging, but extremely rewarding to achieve. This of course is done by practicing and therefore perfecting this skill. What you need: …

Some subjects are perfect for painting without drawing and this is one of them. It is sometimes great just to look at a blank …

A wedding is always a great opportunity to do some people watching and people sketching. This painting was worked from a photograph. A bride …

Creating a still life composition is a great challenge for any artist. A way to make this challenge a true test of your skills …

I began this painting by under painting in tones of yellow. The only areas that remained paintless were some of the markings on the …

To start make a light pencil pressure line drawing of the major shapes, which are the heads of the flowers and mark in lightly …

Painting any body of water using watercolours is a great way of practising a variety of watercolour techniques: glazing, directional brushstroke, dry brushstroke, splash …

Using different mediums to create a painting can give a variety of artistic effects and techniques. For the painting of Pete’s Place above I …

The painting of a single flower involves certain painterly skills, namely: scaling up, negative/positive painting, curls on leaves and petals, colour contrast, design principles: …

Sketch

It is always A Good Idea to compare different methods of creating a drawing. In the drawing classes on Friday at Ardleigh House we …

In the fashion course we are examining the use of colour. This week we were painting using red. For our exercise we were using …

Shipwreck at Hoo Marina photo by David Jenner painting Dec 2015

One of the main ingredients of any fine painting is the composition … enter David Jenner who is a professional photographer – it was …

In our previous splash painting we splashed the paint on to wet paper. For this particular painting the technique is to splash paint on …

Splash painting is a technique whereby the paint is applied to the paper or canvas in a freer manner than using brush strokes. This …

A Very Good Way to practice your colour mixing skills is to paint a fashion figure wearing clothing with folds and shine, especially garments …

Green can prove to be the most challenging colour to mix. It is easy to revert to a palette of greens that are unnatural …

In the drawing classes over the past few years we have completed drawings of quite a few famous musicians. There is great appeal in …

This is far more challenging than painting a half circle shape. Here we have a sphere and a set of ellipses. We need to …

The perspectives in this painting make for a pleasing composition. The shadows cast by the building on itself give great 3D effects. I used …

Drawing freehand circles is A Very Good Way of practicing your drawing and painting skills. Skies are a set of abstract shapes and they …

When painting a triangle shape in profile a watercolour artist has to use their tonal skills. With the pyramids we were spoiled, we were …

If you are going to paint a triangle shape what better one than a Pyramid of Giza. This is a fantastic painting to complete …

In the Monday afternoon class we had three different designs to work from. One from the 1940s, one from 2013 and one from 2014. …

This term we are looking at basic shapes in art and we have started with spiral shapes, the first being a Markhor goat with …

EXHIBITION AT THE QUEEN’S THEATRE 25TH JANAURY-21ST FEBRUARY 2016 The fashion group of artists that meets every Monday at my home has been offered …

FASHION ILLUSTRATION SUMMER DAY COURSE THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST 2015 If you are going to spend a day learning about fashion design and fashion illustration …

Art Movements – Wednesday 29th July 2015 Summer Day Course Today we looked at three different art movements: fantasy art, which is not time …

Capturing the Impression of Movement in a Painting – July 23rd 2015 Summer Day Course There are many approaches we can employ to help …

Using Pastels – A Short Introduction Some learners have expressed interest in using these on one of the day courses at Ardleigh House. I …

Woodbridge

The dates for these day courses are:- Thursday 23rd July, Watercolour Painting, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Cost: £30 which includes refreshments and lunch. …

comparison

In the drawing class we completed two comparative exercises: one was a drawing of Sir Walter Scott – we used a print of an …

Tiger in Tree

We have been looking at watercolour backgrounds this week in the classroom. When you have a strong silhouette shape in the foreground and a …

English Garden

We have completed some challenging paintings and drawings this week in the classroom. The English Garden painting was the biggest challenge of them all …

Panda

The painting above was taken from a photograph I saw online last week of a panda in a zoo in China. He looks like …

Over the years I have completed quite a few of these paintings. This is my favourite portrait style. One of my classes are very …

Fan Brush

A fan brush is often a very underused resource in an artist’s brush set. There are so many different techniques and brushstrokes you can …

Some of the most beautiful shapes to draw are ballet dancers. When drawing two dancers the impression of one overall shape is important for …

The Approach – be prepared to Paint Loose. Let The Watercolour Paint do what it is best at – run and move. Do not …

Sunflowers

Southampton Sunflowers – classroom exercise Saturday 6th September 2014 What a nice exercise to complete, working from a photograph taken last week in Southampton. …

Soluble pens are one of my favourite mediums, for many different reasons. One of these is that you can create such interesting shapes and …

This is quite a big exercise to complete. I mentioned today that you paint the sky first and you can paint distant trees. This …

Any artist has to continually practice colour mixing. A Very Good Way to do this is to use colours that are next to each …