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  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Iris Foetidissima

    This weeks project is a study of a cluster of berries from the Iris Foetidissima. It's a gorgeous woodland species from western Europe and a favourite with botanical artists. The bright range/red jewel-like berries are a delight to see through winter and a wonderful addition to my found treasures study page.

    Monday January 15

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Blackberry

    This week’s project is a beautiful little blackberry sprig, one of the things I love about this fruit is the rainbow of colours the berries have as they mature. Paint this as a study, gift, as part of a larger composition or add it to a sketch book Happy New Year!

    Monday January 01

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Aubergine

    Today we are painting the aubergine or eggplant. This celebrates the darkest of mixes and is quite a tricky project, you need to be prepared and patient, the highlights must be soft edged and maintained at all costs.

    Monday December 18

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Rose

    Dear fellow botanical painting adventurers, I am often asked how one captures a rose and how one captures light, well in this one study we do both! This is one of my favourite roses from my garden, the light floods through them in the late afternoon and displays all the colours within; I am putting this study into a large design and over the next few months we will add to it and you can see it grow.

    Monday December 04

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Onion

    This week I show you how to paint an onion, only botanical and still life artists relish (sorry for the pun) the painting of an onion and see the beauty of capturing both the shine and the lovely papery layers.

    Monday November 20

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Ivy Wreath

    Dear fellow artists, we are painting another Christmas card and this time we going to do a little tiny wreath it’s made out of some viburnum berries and some ivy, in plenty of time for you to paint it for a friend or loved one. You could create your own little wreath and add other features or follow the tutorial from the photo provided,I think it’s lovely to make your own and good fun too. Thanks to all of the full bloom members of my tutorial site who have joined and enjoyed painting with me and developing your painting skills it only takes a few minutes to click and learn. Happy Painting Best Wishes Billy

    Monday November 06

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Lily Leaf

    I know how you all love to get to grips with leaves, here is a tutorial I did earlier this year to go with the White Arum Lily. I still have some of these in the garden in October! So if you do too then do try to work from life if you can. This was also painted on the presently tricky Fabriano and it was not as easy as I usually find it; so do try the Moulin Du Roy as I really rate this paper, I use the slightly textured side. Happy Painting Best Wishes Billy

    Monday October 23

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Cherry

    Cherries are great to paint, they have beautiful colours and wonderful reflections and highlights. Here is one to try, if you enjoy painting it, why not add some more and create a feast of cherries across the page? We use a number of techniques that you will be familiar with but all in small amounts remember to let the stages dry and don't give up, paint to perfection! Best wishes Billy

    Monday October 09

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Pineapple

    This weeks tutorial is nice and compact, we look into just a small section of pineapple. Each section is quite tricky but fascinating and a nice little project for your sketchbooks. We will visit the leaves and the final fruit in later tutorials. Why not grab 20 minutes and give it a go? Best wishes Billy

    Monday September 25

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Bearded Iris…

    This is part 2 of the bearded Iris study where we buildup the colour and detail, remember not to rush this part, allow every stage to dry and rest that way your paper won't get overworked. By now you will have drawn and started the study so if you feel anxious practice the next round of techniques in your sketch books before you begin. best wishes Billy

    Monday September 11

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Bearded Iris…

    This is the first part of a bearded iris, this flower portrait is quite involved and I would suggest that the first part is suitable for all levels and the second part for those who have mastered some of the dry brushing skills, if you are still coming to grips with the later addition of colour then spread the project over a few days and allow every additional glaze to thoroughly dry. Iris are one of my favourite flowers and gathering from your requests it is one of yours too. Happy painting and watercolour waiting to dry time. Best wishes Billy

    Monday August 28

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Aquilegia

    This delicate little flower was one of the first flowers that I painted in oils back at the start of my painting days. It's such a cottage garden favourite that we just had to do a tutorial. I hope you love it as much as I do.

    Monday August 14

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Red Sweet…

    This week's project is a pretty sweet pea flower to add to our sweet pea study if you wish or you could just do it as a little study on its own in your sketchbook. It will keep us in mind of the lovely summer that we did have and keep us in hope for the lovely summer we will have, happy painting! Best wishes Billy

    Monday July 31

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Rose Bud

    This weeks project is another jump into fine detail, here I will show you how to build up dramatic shadow to show off fine bright detail. We learn how to create a marbled pattern and soften it all to create a beautiful study of a rose bud over twice its natural size. Lots to do and a great idea to use as a start to your own rose bud collection. May your brush dance across the page. Best wishes Billy

    Monday July 17

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Strawberry

    Dear Fellow watercolour explorers, this weeks project is just in time for strawberries and cream while enjoying the tennis at Wimbledon. It is more advanced and requires a lightness of touch but those of you up for the challenge will relish the results.

    Sunday July 02

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Amaryllis Bud

    For this weeks tutorial we are painting a request from a student, a beautiful amaryllis bud, and can you believe I struggled to find one ready to paint! This tutorial is great practice for painting nice long thick stems, sounds easy but needs a little practice, it’s quite a complicated stem to paint. This is a great place to start in building your own composition, while the bud grew we have taken photos so we will be adding the plant in full bloom in a future tutorial, then we can complete the composition of bud and flower.

    Monday June 19

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Ornamental Cherry…

    Hello fellow watercolour venturers, this weeks tutorial is one of my favourites and just about on time, we are painting blossom and ornamental Cherry blossom.

    Monday June 05

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Ornamental Cherry…

    Hello fellow watercolour venturers, this weeks tutorial is one of my favourites and just about on time, we are painting blossom and ornamental Cherry blossom.

    Monday May 22

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Purple Iris

    Dear fellow painters, this weeks project is for a little relaxation, we have been working so hard on detail that I thought a softer project would be a bit of fun. This softer style of watercolour painting gives you the opportunity to enjoy the medium, see how it flows and sit back to watch the results. I drop one of these tutorials into the mix to help those of you that want to stretch out of the botanical confines sometimes. I hope you enjoy it and use it for recreation before our next big project to follow. best wishes Billy

    Monday May 08

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Striped Crocus

    I can't believe we are towards the end of April, where does the time go? This weeks project is a pretty striped crocus, it is one of those flowers that opens fast when brought indoors so it need to be painted in situation outside or photographed to give you a sporting chance. Here I show you an enlarged view of the flower, twice its actual size; this way you can practice the fine veining before tackling it at it's actual size if you wanted to give that a go. Lots of lovely purples and details for you to try. Paint like the wind! Best Billy x

    Monday April 24

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