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  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Butterfly

    It is time, I promised you a butterfly from Errol's collection and here it is, it's a sweet little butterfly from South America, named Epiphile Orea Negrina. I have put it on an A3 size sheet of Moulin du roy to allow room for a plant to accompany the butterfly.

    Monday May 21

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Dried Hydrangea

    This week - if you still have some left in the garden, we are painting a dried Hydrangea, paint this while you have a break before all the flowers bloom. It's detail with some added freedom to create some of the atmosphere the dried flowers inspire. We even conclude the project with some skeletal petals applied to the painting. I am hoping to provide you with heaps of ideas on how you can enjoy 'botanical painting and beyond'. Billy x

    Sunday May 06

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Black Hollyhock…

    The tall black Hollyhock is one flower that has fascinated me for years, I love the glossy petals and the pink and gold light that can be seen in the sheen.

    Monday April 23

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Black Hollyhock…

    The tall black Hollyhock is one flower that has fascinated me for years, I love the glossy petals and the pink and gold light that can be seen in the sheen.

    Monday April 09

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - T Bag…

    I’m very excited this week as we are going to do something just for fun. We’re going to stain paper with tea and paint using washes and body colour, with the beautiful subject of poppies. I bought these bright orange poppies at the Columbia Road flower market in London and photographed them from lots of different angles, they made me so blissfully happy and I hope they will make you happy too.

    Monday March 26

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Mango

    Dear fellow painterly people, I am sharing with you my Mango tutorial, it will give you an idea of how to go about such a huge task, it will also help you come to grips with big washes and blending colours.

    Monday March 12

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Green Tulip…

    This tutorial is a beautiful green and white Tulip bud. I have painted it twice the natural size to allow you to really enjoy the watercolour experience. It’s also a chance to enjoy mixing green and develop a beautiful three-dimensional bud. Happy painting!

    Monday February 26

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Apple

    Dear fellow painters, this weeks project is a tonal study of an apple, completing a tonal piece is the first step to understanding form and depth of shade, it's also fun. This is something you can pick up and do at any time, you can add tonal studies to compliment colour studies or they can be a finished piece all on their own. So why not give it go?

    Monday February 12

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Hydrangea

    Dear fellow painters, this week we are going to tackle the blue hydrangea, just the flower but that in itself is quite a feat! We will be painting it at actual size and adding it to a big piece of paper to create an autumn arrangement. You can watch this composition grow with me over time as I add other studies to the piece. Why not start your own big sheet of blue studies?

    Monday January 29

  • 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

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