Art Questions, News 2018, Painting, YouTube Channel

Masking Fluid video on You Tube: the full version is up

Hi everyone, I have an article on masking fluid coming up in the summer issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. The article is about tips for using fluid in the best ways and I made a video to go with it. I tested 10 different brands of masking fluid live, warts and all, with surprises… Continue reading Masking Fluid video on You Tube: the full version is up

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, Drawing

How to transfer a drawing

If like me you do a lot of erasing before you can be happy with a drawing, then drawing straight on watercolour paper is not really an option. Because botanical painting is cut to white, any trace of erasing, smudging, or marking on the paper will stand out and completely ruin the feeling of freshness… Continue reading How to transfer a drawing

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 Questions, Painting

Transparent vs opaque colours

I often get questions that start with “This might be a stupid question but…” Stupid questions are the essential ones; the questions people are worried about asking because they think everyone else knows the answer. But they don’t! And they really wish they did, so don’t be afraid to ask… Our third question comes from… Continue reading Transparent vs opaque colours