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  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Whole Lemon

    You may never choose to paint a lemon but here I break it down into nice steps. Just take it slowly and hold back on the lemon wash until you feel the preparation is strong enough. We will tackle the cut lemon in a following tutorial so be brave stay mellow and face the yellow.

    Monday December 03

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Red Spring…

    This is one of those subjects that we all love to have a go at. The deep colours and lovely shine is challenging but you will be surprised at how effective my technique is for this wonderful vegetable. Enjoy! May you brush have wings, Billy x

    Monday November 19

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Camellia Flower

    We return this week to my Camellia page to paint the open flower. This pretty pale pink flower is so delicate and requires some careful mixing and no over working, remember if you feel like you are working too long on a petal you most probably are so remember to let things rest and dry.

    Wednesday October 10

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Papaver Nudicaule…

    Just for fun, this project is to celebrate some of the little cheats you can use when watercolour painting. I have in the past used it in more controlled areas to achieve the crushed petal effect. If you practice this technique, you can get results that will amaze you.

    Sunday September 23

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Spring Bouquet…

    On this project we tie up the bouquet with some black grass. I use this grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens) in lots of my shoe paintings; it is so black and has a lovely sheen and you can bend it to help create shape and movement in a painting. Keep your brush on it's tiptoe all the time for this project.

    Sunday September 09

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Spring Bouquet…

    This week we continue our small bouquet and add the back view of a pink hellebore, so much pretty texture and pattern and a nice compliment to the other colours. Its great to look at all aspects of a flower and see how you can combine the shapes to create new compositions. Brushes at the ready, here we go! Billy X

    Sunday August 26

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Spring Bouquet…

    This weeks tutorial is the beginning of another small bouquet. We start with a pretty blue periwinkle (Vinca major 'variagata'). This project will suit those of you who just want a short project to pick up in your free time. I love the pretty violet blue shade. Easy to draw and quick and fun to paint. Enjoy!

    Monday August 13

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - White Iris…

    Hi there, painting people! With all the drama of a dark inky background, you will love painting this white Iris, you can treat other white flowers using the same technique. Why not create a whole page of stunning white blooms and add a splash of drama behind. I dream that my tutorials will be the spark beneath your creative fire.

    Sunday July 29

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - White Iris…

    Hi there, painting people! With all the drama of a dark inky background, you will love painting this white Iris, you can treat other white flowers using the same technique. Why not create a whole page of stunning white blooms and add a splash of drama behind. I dream that my tutorials will be the spark beneath your creative fire.

    Tuesday July 17

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Strawberry Leaf

    Hi fellow painters, I have painted the strawberry leaf this week to compliment the previous strawberry tutorial. It’s a pretty leaf with some nice detail. This leaf is a young one with more pronounced textures, as they mature they flatten out, so when you work from a fresh leaf you can paint the leaf less bumpy if you prefer.

    Monday July 02

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - French Green…

    After many requests we are revisiting this little composition to add in the green beans. I once made my class of students paint long thin green vegetables for a whole term, which resulted in them painting beautiful flower stems thereafter; my students protested but it was an excellent training for stem painting.

    Tuesday June 19

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Large Purple…

    This week I am walking you through how to paint one enlarged petal of a beautiful lilac Hibiscus flower. I photographed this flower in Belgium a couple of years ago and plan to finish it one day ;).

    Monday June 04

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Butterfly

    It is time, I promised you a butterfly from Errol's collection and here it is, it's a sweet little butterfly from South America, named Epiphile Orea Negrina. I have put it on an A3 size sheet of Moulin du roy to allow room for a plant to accompany the butterfly.

    Monday May 21

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Dried Hydrangea

    This week - if you still have some left in the garden, we are painting a dried Hydrangea, paint this while you have a break before all the flowers bloom. It's detail with some added freedom to create some of the atmosphere the dried flowers inspire. We even conclude the project with some skeletal petals applied to the painting. I am hoping to provide you with heaps of ideas on how you can enjoy 'botanical painting and beyond'. Billy x

    Sunday May 06

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Black Hollyhock…

    The tall black Hollyhock is one flower that has fascinated me for years, I love the glossy petals and the pink and gold light that can be seen in the sheen.

    Monday April 23

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Black Hollyhock…

    The tall black Hollyhock is one flower that has fascinated me for years, I love the glossy petals and the pink and gold light that can be seen in the sheen.

    Monday April 09

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - T Bag…

    I’m very excited this week as we are going to do something just for fun. We’re going to stain paper with tea and paint using washes and body colour, with the beautiful subject of poppies. I bought these bright orange poppies at the Columbia Road flower market in London and photographed them from lots of different angles, they made me so blissfully happy and I hope they will make you happy too.

    Monday March 26

  • Watch a preview of my latest tutorial - Mango

    Dear fellow painterly people, I am sharing with you my Mango tutorial, it will give you an idea of how to go about such a huge task, it will also help you come to grips with big washes and blending colours.

    Monday March 12

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