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This week we are painting the pretty collar of the anemone leaves, they are a delightful feature of this flower. They curl and twist about the stem, making them the perfect subject to study and paint. Have fun with the greens and paint along with me.

Best wishes Billy

This weeks little study is a beautiful red anemone, these are a favourite with botanical artists as the detail in the stamens is a wonderful contrast to the velvety colours of the petals. They have a fancy collar of leaves near the top of the flower adding further charm. Commercially grown anemones can often twist and turn to the light and can have lovely curvy stems which allows us to create beautiful compositions. I hope you will enjoy painting this beautiful little flower along with me. If you can acquire the fresh flower from a florist, all the better, you will see the delight of the stems.

Happy painting, Billy

This is one of those flowers that takes your breath away, it is so full of itself and fancy. As a project it will test your ability to do less in between stages and mix a myriad of beautiful greys and greens. There is a lot to do but I hope you will agree with me it's worth it.

Happy painting, Billy

This is an intriguing little fruit, the bright orange berry encased within papery sepals is a favourite amongst botanical painters. Use your best paper for this study because poor paper will not allow you to get the smoothness of the berry.

I enjoy painting the beautiful veining and the fine little hairs that one can see upon the sepals, I hope you will too. The fabulous thing about these little berries is they last a long time so if you’re a slow painter but still want to work from life a little bowl of these berries will keep you painting for quite some time. Happy painting, x Billy

What a delight these little flowers are, I used to dislike this plant until I focused in on the flowers, I also inherited a whole host of them when I moved to my present home. They are positively balletic, I love to paint them dancing over the page. They are a joy to draw and in this project we cover a little drawing advice. Happy dancing, best Billy

Another gorgeous leaf for you to enjoy. I love Hosta plants, as do the slugs, who just pipped me to the post on the flower, or I would have followed this with a flower study to go along side. I will revisit this next season but do have a go, repeat repeat and if you have leaves of a similar variety then give it a go. Best Billy.

I love painting leaves and tracing the veins, noticing patterns and describing the light. Often the leaves can seem terrifying but here we take it in stages. Pace your concentration and hopefully you too will love the leaves. Green is the dream, dive in and paint the verdurous surrounding us. Best Billy

In the final part of our three-part still life composition, we are going to paint the inanimate object of a small magnifying glass. If you’ve had a go at the Christmas bauble, then this will be easy in comparison. My favourite bit about painting the magnifying glass is painting the glass itself so amazing how just a subtle change of colour can transform the circle into an object. We also deal with the cast shadows on this tutorial. Once you have completed this why not find similar subjects and create a beautiful little still life all of your own. Happy painting, x Billy

I’m always filled with such utter joy when the sweet peas really start to flourish into bloom, this beautiful patterned sweet pea was a delightful surprise when it appeared amongst a mixed seed bed. Although it appears very challenging once you switch off and get absorbed in the detail, I am convinced you will enjoy the process. Add it to your previous sweet pea studies to create a new composition or simply enjoy the flower head and perhaps send it as a handmade card to a loved one. As always, happy painting, x Billy

Continuing a still life study I’ve decided to add a pheasant feather, the wonderful thing about painting feathers is it improves your skills in using the fine tip of your brush. I hope you agree that the colours are beautiful and that it sits very nicely next to the poppy seed head, you could replace this with a feather of your choice as you may have a real feather to work from. Happy painting, x Billy

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