Art Tutorials, News 2020

New PDF tutorial – Purple tulip

I'm trying to keep you busy... I listed a new PDF tutorial in my Etsy shop, part of the Colours of Nature PDF collection. This is tutorial number 4, TUT04. (click here to get there) There will be a speeded up video to go with the tutorial on my YouTube channel, which will take a… Continue reading New PDF tutorial – Purple tulip

Art Tutorials, Drawing, YouTube Channel

Anatomy of a tulip – Video

Here is the first video in my 2020 tulip phase. I go through one of these every year. Unfortunately this year my tulip craving will be hard to feed. The much anticipated crops of 'Black Parrot', 'Burgundy' and 'Apricot Beauty' I planted in my garden were all eaten by something unknown and mysterious, while West… Continue reading Anatomy of a tulip – Video

Plant of the month

Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Order: Dipsacales Family: Caprifoliaceae Genus: Lonicera Species: L. fragrantissima Type: Deciduous shrub Propagation: Seed, greenwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn Native to: China This plant of the month is not particularly spectacular, nor is it colourful or unusual. But as I lay convalescing from surgery on my feet (both at the same time, that's pretty… Continue reading Plant of the month: Winter Honeysuckle – February 2020

Art materials, News 2020, Shopping

New in my Etsy shop: notebooks/sketchbooks/journals

Hello and happy, creative 2020! There are some new things in my Etsy shop: a series of A5 notebooks with blank pages, recycled paper and card cover, and some of my paintings on the covers. They contain 76 pages and the spines are square so they stack well and sit easily on shelves or in… Continue reading New in my Etsy shop: notebooks/sketchbooks/journals

Art Questions, Pigment Spotlight, Top Tips

What does “hue” mean in a paint name?

This is a question I get a lot when I teach. The true definition of hue is colour. In a paint name, it means that it is the colour of that particular pigment, but it is achieved by using another pigment of similar hue. This can be because the original pigment is obsolete and needs… Continue reading What does “hue” mean in a paint name?