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  • Deep Pink Paeonia - Preview

    The beautiful peony is somewhat of a challenge to paint but capture it we must. This beauty grew happily in my garden which I sadly had to leave behind when I moved house. It grew well and the time of flowering that I loved the most was when the bloom was nearly done and the fragility of this stage is the hardest thing to capture without the aid of a photo for reference. I have split this into two tutorials so that you can maybe practice the elements and think about positioning of the flower before getting stuck into the whole flower. Enjoy! Best wishes and stay safe Billy x

    Monday June 01

  • Bluebell - Preview

    This beautiful and delicate Bluebell flower, synonymous with the English countryside, pushes forth through dappled woodland light to create a delightful carpet of blue. It’s one of those flowering events that we look forward to every year. Close up, the flower is a combination of purples, lilacs and blues. In this tutorial, we cover drawing, colour mixing and add some coloured pencil (optional). Happy Bluebell painting!

    Monday May 18

  • Three Tulips - Part 2: Leaves - Preview

    Hello lovely painting people. This week we will paint the cast shadow to the tulip arrangement, the shadow is softer in the photo reference so you can choose the shadows I saw or those in the photo. Adding shadow to your tulips is optional, if you are worried about making a mistake, just paint one of the tulips in a watercolour sketchbook and practice the shadow in there first.

    Monday April 20

  • Three Tulips - Preview

    Hi there, this weeks tutorial is the first of a two-part project, with spring in the air and flowers pushing forth, I chose these baby powder coloured tulips. The gentle colour palette for me is reminiscent of an Easter flower arrangement that my Nanna would place centre table. As children we often went to stay with her in Devon at this time of year, she had a 1950’s style kitchen in green and yellow, with oodles of cream coloured pottery each with a pink or lilac flower and a huge display of teapots in similar colours. It’s funny how simple colour combinations can evoke such sweet memories.

    Monday April 06

  • Daffodil - Preview

    I hope this Daffodil tutorial will take you to your place of calm and show you how to work with yellow while not using shadow colours. It is tricky but sweet and you can repeat it as often as you wish. stay well and a virtual hug to you all.

    Monday March 23

  • A Blue Hen Egg - Preview

    This egg is the ultimate in understatement but the best simple shape to practice observation of subtle light and shade. It can be used in a composition, added to a mixed study page or simply painted on its own. The colour of the egg is created by a pigment called ‘oocyanin’ added by the hen during the process of laying. The colours take practice to perfect, so you could draw up many eggs across the page and repeat, repeat, you know that is the way to eggcellence!

    Monday March 09

  • Red and Gold Calla Lily - Preview

    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.

    Monday February 24

  • Spinach Leaf - Preview

    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.

    Monday February 10

  • Big Blue Agapanthus (variety ‘Night Sky’) - Preview

    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

    Monday January 27

  • Green Textured Avocado Persea Americana - Preview

    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

    Monday January 13

  • Pink Hydrangea Flower Head - Preview

    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

    Monday December 30

  • Spindle - Euonymus Europaea - Preview

    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.

    Monday December 16

  • Medlar - Mespilus Germanica - Preview

    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

    Monday December 02

  • Aubergine/Eggplant Heirloom Rosa Bianca - Preview

    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

    Monday November 18

  • Long Spiral Sea Shell - Preview

    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.

    Monday November 04

  • Red Anemone Leaves - Preview

    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

    Monday October 21

  • Red Anemone - Preview

    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

    Monday October 07

  • Double White Amaryllis Flower - Preview

    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

    Sunday September 22

  • Physalis Berry - Preview

    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

    Sunday September 08

  • Fuschia - Preview

    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

    Sunday August 25

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