Art Questions, Art Tutorials, Painting

How to avoid muddy colours

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 How to avoid muddy colours

Art courses, Art Tutorials, News, News 2016, Painting

Botanical Bites – my new painting series

On this brisk and sunny Sunday afternoon I should be outside enjoying the fresh air and doing some gardening... But I went clubbing on Friday night and went to an ice-hockey match last night. Two late nights in a row, I'm too old for this. So today, I am sprawled out on the sofa in… Continue reading Botanical Bites – my new painting series

Art Tutorials, Painting

Designing a Christmas card

While the rules of composition apply to card design, composition and design are two different things. When composing a painting, the artist has to take into account depth and perspective, the mood they want to convey, the size and orientation of the picture as well as the mount’s placement. If illustrating for a book, practical… Continue reading Designing a Christmas card

Art Tutorials, News, News 2016, Painting, YouTube Channel

My first YouTube video

I have posted my first home-made video on my brand new YouTube channel, Flora's Patch. It's the first of a four-part demonstration of a sunflower painting. The demonstration will also be published in Artists & Illustrators magazine in the summer, as a "masterclass". (That's what they call it, a bit more dramatic than "demonstration"...) This… Continue reading My first YouTube video