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  • 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

  • Hosta Leaf - Preview

    Another gorgeous leaf for you to enjoy. I love Hosta plants, as do the slugs, who just pipped me to the post on the flower, or I would have followed this with a flower study to go along side. I will revisit this next season but do have a go, repeat repeat and if you have leaves of a similar variety then give it a go. Best Billy.

    Sunday August 11

  • Japanese Anemone Leaf - Preview

    I love painting leaves and tracing the veins, noticing patterns and describing the light. Often the leaves can seem terrifying but here we take it in stages. Pace your concentration and hopefully you too will love the leaves. Green is the dream, dive in and paint the verdurous surrounding us. Best Billy

    Sunday July 28

  • Magnifying Glass - Preview

    In the final part of our three-part still life composition, we are going to paint the inanimate object of a small magnifying glass. If you’ve had a go at the Christmas bauble, then this will be easy in comparison. My favourite bit about painting the magnifying glass is painting the glass itself so amazing how just a subtle change of colour can transform the circle into an object. We also deal with the cast shadows on this tutorial. Once you have completed this why not find similar subjects and create a beautiful little still life all of your own. Happy painting, x Billy

    Sunday July 14

  • Patterned Sweet Pea - Preview

    I’m always filled with such utter joy when the sweet peas really start to flourish into bloom, this beautiful patterned sweet pea was a delightful surprise when it appeared amongst a mixed seed bed. Although it appears very challenging once you switch off and get absorbed in the detail, I am convinced you will enjoy the process. Add it to your previous sweet pea studies to create a new composition or simply enjoy the flower head and perhaps send it as a handmade card to a loved one. As always, happy painting, x Billy

    Sunday June 30

  • Pheasant Feather - Preview

    Continuing a still life study I’ve decided to add a pheasant feather, the wonderful thing about painting feathers is it improves your skills in using the fine tip of your brush. I hope you agree that the colours are beautiful and that it sits very nicely next to the poppy seed head, you could replace this with a feather of your choice as you may have a real feather to work from. Happy painting, x Billy

    Sunday June 16

  • Poppy Seed Head - Preview

    Back to my found things, the poppy seed head has been a favourite of mine for many years. When fresh they have this wonderful green and lilac hue and when dried they go to this beautiful soft golden colour with speckles and little areas of bloom.

    Sunday June 02

  • Painters Block - Preview

    Painters block is so annoying, we say to ourselves yes I finally have time to myself to paint and then you spend all your time tidying the drawers of your desk rather than painting! Picking up something small and simple may be the way through, there is no pressure, no hours spent drawing, no pressure to complete, just a simple 'pick the brush and go'.

    Sunday May 19

  • Half Avocado - Preview

    Here we return to the avocado, this time we are looking inside the beautiful green flesh and the shiny avocado seed. Avocados have become extremely popular in recent times and as well as being glorious to paint they are delicious. Why not combine a study of this with the tomato, the colours will compliment as do the flavours. Happy painting, x Billy

    Sunday May 05

  • Avocado - Preview

    This black skinned avocado may seem an odd thing to paint but we follow on with a cross section and together they make a challenging and informative study. The colour mix alone is absorbing and keeping the light is your mission. If the whole study seems a step ahead of where you think your skills are, then try just a section, every dabble marks another step in your journey to confidence. Happy painting, x Billy.

    Sunday April 21

  • Painted Egg - Preview

    Happy Easter one and all, I have decided to add in something a little different this week. Long gone are the days I receive a tissue paper daffodil plastered onto a sugar paper card from my boys, alas but by indulging myself in a little Easter craft, it takes me back to jolly times with the children. Why should the fun stop? Here we are painting snow drops onto blown eggs, I have used Daniel Smith painting ground but you could use a white matt emulsion paint as an alternative for this project.

    Sunday April 07

  • Blue Hyacinth Bud - Preview

    This project is intense but not too difficult and if you have the reference enlarged you will be able to see the detail and enjoy the very subtle changes in colour throughout the bud arrangement. If you can get your hands on a flower that would be wonderful as the shape of the buds are quite unusual and not what you would expect. Happy painting!

    Monday March 25

  • Blue Hyacinth Leaves - Preview

    On this project we look at how we start to compose a study page of a plant and then how we paint the beautiful smooth, rich, green leaves of the Hyacinth. The beauty of painting something as glorious as the Hyacinth and you can watch it grow and enjoy the scent as well.

    Monday March 11

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