Art Blog

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

Art Questions, Painting, Top Tips, YouTube Channel

Transparent vs. opaque and why transparent pigments can turn into opaque paints

Hello everyone, I already wrote about the difference between transparent and opaque colours in a blog post here. This time I am taking it one step further: why do transparent pigments sometimes make opaque paints? 1- Transparent/opaque To recap the previous post, transparent pigments let the light through their layer to hit the paper and… Continue reading Transparent vs. opaque and why transparent pigments can turn into opaque paints

News 2019, Reviews and Tests, YouTube Channel

New video: testing the synthetic squirrel brush ‘Neptune’

Good stormy, rainy morning! I made a new video about the 'Neptune'. It shows the road test in different conditions. As well as seeing the brush performance it gives you a chance to see me demonstrate wet-in-wet and pretty extreme dry brush techniques, while painting a quince and some blackbirds. I really put that brush… Continue reading New video: testing the synthetic squirrel brush ‘Neptune’

News 2019, Shopping

Tea towels in my Etsy shop

I love tea towels! Every time I visit a beautiful garden or a donkey sanctuary, I come back home with a new one... So I had some printed with my designs: fruit, vegetables, flowers, leaves... and a snow hare. They are made of a cotton & linen blend and printed all over, from a pesticide-free… Continue reading Tea towels in my Etsy shop

Art courses, News 2019, Uncategorised

Exciting masterclass at the Mall Galleries in London

Hello everyone! On the 31st of August, I will run a Botanical fruit painting watercolour masterclass at the Mall Galleries in London, from 11am to 4pm. I am very excited about this, I hope you will be too... I will post a link as soon as the tickets are for sale. Come and join me...Only… Continue reading Exciting masterclass at the Mall Galleries in London

Art Tutorials

Ginkgo Leaf part 3 – Watercolour wash

The ink has dried, the leaf is ready for some colour. Using a very soft brush (synthetic squirrel is a good option) and working wet-in-wet, I am using Yellow Ochre as a base, with some Hansa Yellow Light and Burnt Sienna. I had originally planned to use Quinacridone Gold but decided later it wasn't needed.… Continue reading Ginkgo Leaf part 3 – Watercolour wash