Art Tutorials, Drawing, YouTube Channel

Anatomy of a tulip – Video

Here is the first video in my 2020 tulip phase. I go through one of these every year. Unfortunately this year my tulip craving will be hard to feed. The much anticipated crops of 'Black Parrot', 'Burgundy' and 'Apricot Beauty' I planted in my garden were all eaten by something unknown and mysterious, while West… Continue reading Anatomy of a tulip – Video

Art materials, News 2020, Shopping

New in my Etsy shop: notebooks/sketchbooks/journals

Hello and happy, creative 2020! There are some new things in my Etsy shop: a series of A5 notebooks with blank pages, recycled paper and card cover, and some of my paintings on the covers. They contain 76 pages and the spines are square so they stack well and sit easily on shelves or in… Continue reading New in my Etsy shop: notebooks/sketchbooks/journals

Art Tutorials, Drawing, News 2019, YouTube Channel

New video tutorial: watercolour dark rose + magazine article

By now you have probably noticed that I am obsessed with the rose 'Souvenir du Docteur Jamain'. I wrote a masterclass for Artists & Illustrators magazine, which is published in the forthcoming issue. I also filmed the whole process, from the drawing stage to the tone study and painting the colours wet-in-wet. I broke it… Continue reading New video tutorial: watercolour dark rose + magazine article

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 Tutorials, Drawing, YouTube Channel

Ginkgo leaf part 1: drawing

I have been painting a lot of Ginkgo biloba leaves, some from my own tree in the garden, others from the beautiful pair of trees outside the orangery in West Dean Gardens. There is something fascinating about a prehistoric tree. You can just imagine it surrounded by Diplodocus and Stegosaurus in the fading Jurassic light,… Continue reading Ginkgo leaf part 1: drawing

Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – April 2018 – Muscari

Order:                   Asparagales Family:                  Asparagaceae Subfamily:            Scilloideae Genus:                  Muscari Common Name:   Grape Hyacinth Type:                      Perennial bulb Soil:                       Chalk, clay, sand, loam Ph:                         Acid, alkaline, neutral Aspect:                  Full sun / partial shade Propagation:         Seed of bulb division Native to:               Central and… Continue reading Plant of the month – April 2018 – Muscari