Painting, Reviews and Tests

Princeton Neptune synthetic squirrel – Brush review

I hadn’t tried any Princeton brushes before Jackson’s sent me some to test for my Veganuary blog. These Neptune series 4750 brushes are faux squirrel rather than the faux sables I usually use. On the round brushes, the varnished handle shows the wood grain, in deep mahogany tones and satin finish. The flat brushes have… Continue reading Princeton Neptune synthetic squirrel – Brush review

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

Gardens, News 2018, YouTube Channel

New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

Hello everyone, Another sunny day in the UK, filled with the smell of Rosa ‘Jasmina’ as she gently sways in the breeze, giving off waves of warm rose perfume. She really is a spectacular rose. The baby sparrows have started their yearly invasion. They are so less reasonable than their parents. For a few weeks… Continue reading New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

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

News, News 2018, Painting, Pigment Spotlight

The final batch of Quinacridone Gold

This is it… we knew this moment would come but it still makes me sad. Quinacridone Gold, the real Quinacridone Gold PO49, is now completely gone… When the pigment manufacturer stopped production in 2001, they offered Daniel Smith (who were the first manufacturer to use Quinacridones in their paints) the opportunity to buy all their… Continue reading The final batch of Quinacridone Gold