One of my all-time favourites for all levels of painting confidence; the washes are fabulous to mix and blend, the shape is simple but elegant and it is a great flower head to add to your sketchbook. Draw it at many angles and get the most from your flower.
This lovely simple leaf will help you in reaffirming your skills, simple things are not only good for beginners but also for intermediate and advanced painters to check and confirm their confidence in control. It is only when we can make something so simple look easy that we can feel that watercolour thrill. It’s also great for practicing green. It is also a lovely little study for a sketchbook.
After much requesting here is my first agapanthus tutorial. I love this flower as I know you do too, the colours are intensified form the photograph and therefore if you chose to work from life you won’t need to go so dark. There are many varieties which I will cover another time but this one has a beautiful blue hue and fresh mid green leaves, here I have just concentrated on the flowers as there is a lot to do. Enjoy the project and maybe share the love by encouraging friends to join my lessons and learn to love watercolour. Billy x
The Avocado is actually botanically a berry housing a very large seed! It is so knobbly I thought what a wonderful way to show you how I would attack such a study. You don’t have to paint the whole fruit, you could just try a section in your sketchbook but have a go and zone out into a happy painting place. Billy x
I spent many years disliking the big round pink blooms of the Hydrangea and then one day after admiring a shrub that was simply dripping in flower, I decided that it was a spectacularly beautiful and ‘lovely to paint’ plant. It has certainly grown in popularity maybe due to the access and variety of the plant in recent years. I love the shape of the petals, the veining, the spotting of colour as it matures and the stems! I hope you will love painting it too. I have added it to a large sheet of studies, my challenge is how to make this collection into a design, watch this space. Happy pink painting. Billy x
This enchanting plant with its jewel-like pink and orange fruits is a pretty and charming botanical subject. I have a weakness for pink and orange combinations which I have no explanation for, it must be a deep-seated happy childhood memory. I have included some decorative gold leaf text, it is great fun and I am sure you will want to have a go.
This very interesting fruit has been cultivated since Roman times and yet is not commonly known. I think it’s gorgeous and would plant a Medlar tree just for painting. The blossom is lovely too. The fruit is best eaten when very, very ripe, they call this stage Bletted, it is just when the fruit is about to collapse in ripeness. I think it has a wonderfully ancient look to it and the colours are perfect for an autumn/winter study. Adding some simple gold text makes it a project I hope you will love and repeat. Best wishes for the season. Billy x
This plump and rather imposing vegetable is the most luscious purple with an intriguing knobbly top. I chose to paint it as the texture is so wonderful and the top contrasts so beautifully with its smooth body. Take your time with this project, don't over sweep the colour and don't rush the detail. Maybe you could combine this eggplant with the previous aubergine study? Happy painting Billy x
I’ve always collected seashells and this is one of my little favourites I love the ever decreasing sections on the beautiful soft tones of golden brown. This is a wonderful addition to our little study page of found treasures from nature but you could make your own page of seashells and start a painting of your own collection from the seashore. See how I tackle this study and then give it a go.
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