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 This can be because the original pigment is obsolete and needs… Continue reading What does “hue” mean in a paint name?

Art Questions, Painting, Top Tips, YouTube Channel

Top Tips: 3 tips to add depth to your paintings

Do you sometimes feel like your paintings look a little bit flat? Here are 3 simple things you can do to add more depth... 1- Grey haze As things get further away from us, they get greyer. This is because the atmosphere gets in the way. Mostly because of little droplets of water, it gives… Continue reading Top Tips: 3 tips to add depth to your paintings

Art Tutorials, News 2019, Painting, YouTube Channel

Watercolour Dark Rose tutorial video – last episode ready

Finally! It took me a while to finish that one... It is a longer video and the editing took forever, but it is finally done and uploaded on my Youtube channel. List of materials used (you can click on them for links) Daniel Smith colours: Quinacridone Magenta French Ultramarine Nickel Azo Yellow Cerulean Blue Talens… Continue reading Watercolour Dark Rose tutorial video – last episode ready

Art courses, Art Tutorials, News 2019, Painting, Shopping

New Holly tutorial in my Etsy online shop

I don't want to drop the C bomb, but Christmas IS coming... I know that many of you will want to paint Christmas cards so I tried to ignore my it'stooearlyforChristmasphobia and I put together a Holly tutorial for those amongst you who are not afflicted and like to get their act together early. Holly… Continue reading New Holly tutorial in my Etsy online shop

News 2019, Painting, Shopping

My 12 essential colours in a paint set at Jackson’s Art Supplies

Have you ever wondered what essential colours you would choose if you were limited to 12? Jackson's Art Supplies have put together a watercolour tubes set of my 12 essential colours, the Sandrine Maugy set. It wasn't that straightforward because I use several brands... Most of them are Daniel Smith but 1 of them is… Continue reading My 12 essential colours in a paint set at Jackson’s Art Supplies

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