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Eye, eye! Eyes in watercolour

So, shall I get the awful puns out of the way now? Yes, the eyes have it. I am keeping an eye on you etc etc Seriously, watercolour is a lovely medium for capturing human or animal eyes. Its transparnecy … 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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Skies and clouds in watercolour

Skies, or should we really say clouds, are rather addictive in watercolour! They can add drama, or be a soft backdrop to your landscape. Here are a few of my top tips: Take care not to make clear blue skies … Continue reading

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Glazing

When I said we would do glazing today a look of terror passed across the collective class’ face. But glazing is just a layer of thin colour that goes over the top of whatever you have already painted, and because … Continue reading

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Eyes – step by step

Cliche, I know, but the eyes are indeed the window to the soul. In any portrait whether human or animal, get the eyes wrong and there will be no life. We are magnetically drawn to look at the eyes, so … Continue reading

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Move over darling – mega cows – the finished article

It stopped raining for about five minutes today, so here is the final photo of the cows: And I couldn’t resist this picture of Mr C studiously ignoring the prickly feeling you get on the back of your neck when … Continue reading

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Cat demonstration finished (with bonus features, as they say…)

So in the harsh light of day, I look again at my cat. Rubbed out a few marks I hadn’t spotted under artificial light and gave myself a stiff talking to. ‘Don’t fiddle’ should be written across every watercolourist’s heart. … Continue reading

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