Monthly Archives: January 2017

Let it snow!

It’s  been freezing here – down to -6 degrees one morning. But no snow. However, snow is such a great subject to paint in watercolour, that I thought a quick blog is in order. Here are a few thoughts: (I … Continue reading

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Tui pen and wash

Thought you might like to see the finished Tui, from the idea sketch in my previous post. Here’s the ink work And here is the watercolour added Always with the aim of making 2+2=5 with the pen and wash.

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New subjects

I’ve been asked how I come up with ideas and concepts for paintings, so I thought I would share my process. Though for me it is usually an animal subject, the same goes for landscape, portrait, still life…. So by … Continue reading

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Using a tinted or toned ground

It is usual in watercolour to work on white – it lets the transparent colours sing, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t use a coloured paper. If that was good enough for Turner, who are we to argue? … Continue reading

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Getting your whites right

Whites are hugely important in watercolour, as they add life and sparkle to a painting. Once lost they are difficult to recover, as we do not have white paint at our disposal and with watercolour being transparent (more or less), … Continue reading

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