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Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – July 2018 – Rosa ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’

Order: Rosales           Family: Rosaceae           Subfamily: Rosoideae            Genus: Rosa Type: Perennial          Propagation: Seed, plant propagation, cuttings, grafting Native to: Mostly Asia, some Europe and North America I love roses, especially the ones who live in my garden. Yet few are the ones who manage to create an attachment as strong as the one I feel for… Continue reading Plant of the month – July 2018 – Rosa ‘Souvenir du Docteur Jamain’

Gardens, News 2018, YouTube Channel

New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

Hello everyone, Another sunny day in the UK, filled with the smell of Rosa ‘Jasmina’ as she gently sways in the breeze, giving off waves of warm rose perfume. She really is a spectacular rose. The baby sparrows have started their yearly invasion. They are so less reasonable than their parents. For a few weeks… Continue reading New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

Art Questions, News 2018, Painting, YouTube Channel

Masking Fluid video on You Tube: the full version is up

Hi everyone, I have an article on masking fluid coming up in the summer issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. The article is about tips for using fluid in the best ways and I made a video to go with it. I tested 10 different brands of masking fluid live, warts and all, with surprises… Continue reading Masking Fluid video on You Tube: the full version is up

Art Tutorials, Gardens, Painting, YouTube Channel

New YouTube video – Watercolour sketches in the garden, 2 blue flowers

I have a new video on my YouTube channel. Last Bank Holiday week-end, while we were having a mini heatwave, I spent some time in the garden and mixed some colours for forget-me-nots and Violas. It was a sunny, warm and beautiful day. I sat under the birch tree in the dappled shade. It turns… Continue reading New YouTube video – Watercolour sketches in the garden, 2 blue flowers

News, News 2018, Painting, Pigment Spotlight

The final batch of Quinacridone Gold

This is it… we knew this moment would come but it still makes me sad. Quinacridone Gold, the real Quinacridone Gold PO49, is now completely gone… When the pigment manufacturer stopped production in 2001, they offered Daniel Smith (who were the first manufacturer to use Quinacridones in their paints) the opportunity to buy all their… Continue reading The final batch of Quinacridone Gold

Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – April 2018 – Muscari

Order:                   Asparagales Family:                  Asparagaceae Subfamily:            Scilloideae Genus:                  Muscari Common Name:   Grape Hyacinth Type:                      Perennial bulb Soil:                       Chalk, clay, sand, loam Ph:                         Acid, alkaline, neutral Aspect:                  Full sun / partial shade Propagation:         Seed of bulb division Native to:               Central and… Continue reading Plant of the month – April 2018 – Muscari

Art Questions, Art Tutorials, Painting

Neutral colours vs. muddy mixes

Some watercolourists seem to find it hard to make the difference between neutral colours (especially browns) and muddy mixes. There is a huge variety of browns that are clean, transparent and without a hint of mud in them, not even the detoxifying cleansing spa kind. Unlike primary and secondary colours that are found on the… Continue reading Neutral colours vs. muddy mixes