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Art courses, News 2019

Workshops Isle of Wight, London and West Dean

While I am busy keeping an eye on the adventurous and frankly completely out of control baby blackbirds in my garden, let's do an update on courses for the rest of 2019... I am doing a series of workshops on the Isle of Wight this summer and autumn. Once a month on a Tuesday I… Continue reading Workshops Isle of Wight, London and West Dean

Art Tutorials, Painting

Painting stamen using masking fluid

With all the roses in the garden, it was only a mater of minutes before I succumbed to the urge of painting one of them. I chose 'Odyssey', a pale lilac open rose with large blooms and lovely perfume. In order to keep the yellow and crimson stamen fresh and vivid, I decided to use… Continue reading Painting stamen using masking fluid

Pigment Spotlight, Reviews and Tests

Pigment spotlight: testing Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac

The first question that popped into my mind when I first saw Quinacridone Lilac was "Do we really need another Quinacridone sitting between the Quinacridone pinks and magentas?" The only way to find out was to try it, test it, mix it and compare it. I already have quite a few Quinacridones in my palette:… Continue reading Pigment spotlight: testing Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac

Art courses, News 2019

London Mall Galleries workshop tickets for sale

The tickets for my botanical fruit painting workshop at the Mall galleries in London on Saturday 31st of August are now available and the booking system is up and running. It's £100 for the day or £90 if you are a friend of the galleries. Please click here for details and booking on the Mall… Continue reading London Mall Galleries workshop tickets for sale

News 2019, Pigment Spotlight

Pigment spotlight:Cadmium-free Cadmiums by Winsor & Newton

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I discovered that Winsor & Newton were releasing a range of Cadmium substitutes. I have long been in favour of ditching the Cadmiums for good. Their devastating environmental impact just isn't worth keeping them, especially with more modern pigments coming in all the time. For this… Continue reading Pigment spotlight:Cadmium-free Cadmiums by Winsor & Newton

Field Trips, News 2019

Field Trip: Leonardo exhibition – A life in drawing

Some of Leonardo da Vinci's original drawings are in Southampton! And all over the UK... The idea is rather interesting: instead of a touring exhibition of the same drawings, all cities taking part concurrently get a different set of drawings. If the visitors want to see all of them, then they are the ones who… Continue reading Field Trip: Leonardo exhibition – A life in drawing