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  • 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

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Sarracenia Moss

    This week we complete our anniversary project by adding some soft moss around the leaves. It's a fun start with the use of some cheats finishing off with lots of fine detail and a little artist licence to complete and pull the leaves off the paper. Best wishes Billy

    Monday April 10

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Primula Card

    We are a little late for the UK mothering Sunday but hope it's in time for other special days around the world. This is a small pretty project that could be painted just for you or for a gift to a loved one. It combines the detail of botanical painting with the softer style of watercolour. A little break before we show you part 3 of the Sarrencenia project. My very best wishes to you all. Billy x

    Monday March 27

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Sarracenia Leaves

    Part two of our birthday celebration tutorial is the Sarracenia leaves in colour. This may look daunting but don't be afraid; take a small section and see how you get on. This is a great project for getting to know veins and their intricate patterns; also how to enhance and develop sections of a painting to emphasis foreground and background. The complete painting is something you can do over small sessions, I will eventually show you my way to depict the moss that surrounds the plant. So hard hats on, we are going in! Best Billy

    Monday March 13

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