Art Questions, Art Tutorials, News 2019, Painting

The best synthetics brushes

When I started painting, there was no comparison between sable and synthetic brushes. The sables were much higher quality. There was also this idea going around that you were not a proper artist if you didn’t have the most expensive sables in your toolkit. This view is now obsolete, but myths are hard to kill…… Continue reading The best synthetics brushes

Art Tutorials, News 2018

Pumpkin tutorial in A&I Magazine

Hi everyone, My new article is out in the October issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. It is a tutorial for painting a pumpkin, in time for the gorgeous Autumn colours. I filmed the whole painting so at some point there will also be a YouTUbe video. It just takes a while to do the… Continue reading Pumpkin tutorial in A&I Magazine

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

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