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This sweet and evocative, unassuming flower has a scent that fills one with delight. I have painted this so that the leaf sits behind the flower to give it more prominence, the flowers are tricky but the process of positioning can be useful for similar pale flowers. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did. Why not add it to another study and create a small bouquet?

The final pieces on my little composition of autumn finds finds us painting some small decorative quince (kinmeillies), a twig, and an oak gall. All have their own character and challenges but are nice small projects to fit into your busy lives. Immerse yourself in the earth tones.

Here is the biggest rose so far and the most fun tutorial! The light is great and the washes are big. Draw it up and take a petal at a time, do it over weeks or over a weekend. I am busy planting more different colour roses that will challenge you further next year, stay with me and we will conquer the rose garden!

Happy painting
Billy x

This tutorial is a stunning white Lily surrounded with black ink, you don’t have to add the ink but I am always thinking of new ways to create drama and new ideas on composition. What I love about this project is the beautiful crisp white petals of the Lilly and the light washes of yellows and pinks these really make it shine. You can paint the just the flower or you can add the ink, it’s up to you, either way I think it will be a wonderful project to add to your portfolio of practice pieces. If you’re a beginner just have a go at one or two of the petals and see how you get along.

Happiness is watercolour
Billy x

The honeysuckle is a small and delicate head of flowers. As you will see working from life can be perilous because this flower fades fairly quickly once picked but even this small flower can keep you absorbed and intrigued while painting its portrait. It’s fine hairs and unique structure are challenging but it is a flower that will fit alongside other summer blooms to create pretty compositions. You could even add it to the shoe design! :)

Happy painting!
Billy x

Red Rose Bud and Ornamental Grass Ophiopogon. This time we look at creating the toe of the shoe with a beautiful large plump rose bud. The shoe support is made up of the rose stem and the black grass Ophiopogon. With all this in place you can then play around embellishing the design with other flowers of your choice, think about colours that will compliment or contrast or just astound!

Happy painting!
Billy x

Orange Papaver Poppy. Well this is exciting! This weeks project could be a stand alone study in painting orange or the first part of a shoe design. Those of you who know my work well will know I love to make shoe designs, so I have created a tutorial of a basic shoe shape. The first part is the heel, I really hope you enjoy the studies and the idea.

Happy painting!
Billy x

My favourite flower and another rose to use in a composition. What’s not to love in this flower? Light, texture, colour and form with spotted leaves to frame it. Here you can paint it petal by petal and enjoy some time out with your paint brush.

Happy painting!
Billy x

This is a nice project for summer and a really beautiful contrasting colour lettuce leaf. What I like about this is the very dark shadows and the very light bright greens it just makes it look really curly and fresh. This would make a great study for a leaf page but also quite a nice little study on its own. I hope you enjoy the colour mixing.

As always happy painting Billy x

On a lovely visit to Walter (my father-in-law), last summer we helped him dismantle an old rose arbour and Walter's Rose was the last rose on a very old shrub. It was crying out to be painted and even though the leaves have a little bit of black spot on them, I hope you’ll agree this is a charming study and one which you can add to your other rose studies, or paint on its own as a gift for a friend.

Happy painting!
Billy x

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