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The wonderful thing about this variety of Dahlia; Honka Surprise, is that it offers some lovely simple processes and some straightforward techniques, all easily done as you make your way around the flower, combined with a nice little bit of centre detail. The unusual nature about this flower is a joy to behold. I think it’s something that would make a really pretty study on its own but also a super flower to combine with perhaps some of our other single flowers.

I look forward to seeing who you put him with :)
Billy x

This week's tutorial is a lovely natural history study of a dark brown speckled egg and a small lovely coloured chicken feather. I have placed this in the experienced section as the work is very fine and the dry brushing is very subtle and will take practice, but as always if you want to have a go nothing stands in your way.

Happiness and painting perfection to you all.
Billy x

This double daylily is a perfect compliment to our existing lily page, here we deal with texture, light and colour vibrancy. Not all oranges are simple but they should not frighten you, here we take each petal, lay on brave tones then gradually build the heat with detail and tea washes.

A lovely autumn coloured summer flower to brighten your day!

This week is a tutorial all about fine stems. A project worth doing to improve your brush skills. Make time to practice and have some spare paper handy.

In painting this I hope to show you how to be freer with your drawing and paint fine stems with a little more confidence. Grass is a wild and willowy subject and a little time is needed to ascertain the structure, in this project I show you the process I use and how I try to capture the movement of the plant. Why not add some grasses to some other projects to create a wild bouquet.

Dear painting perfectionists, here is a shiny anemone to keep you busy. I love the underside of flowers and hope you do too. Here the skill is in jumping and saving the light on multiple petals.

The flower has been painted 2.5x actual size to give you the opportunity to enjoy the plush colours and fabulous washes. There are mixes galore and I advise taking notes but once you get the wind beneath your wings you will be confident to mix colours as you go. I aim to return to this to make a composition but it could easily be a standalone piece for your portfolio or watercolour sketchbook.

Jump in and give it a go.

Sunshine and rainbows, Billy x

Dear perfect painters, this week we are painting a silver spoon and are using a different approach, starting with graphite and building up all the deeper tones and then finishing with a light watercolour bronzing glaze. This is a nice approach for similar objects but also something new to add to your sketchbooks. After painting the spoon we continued by adding a beautiful Clematis flower and leaf. In this project I start the demonstration of the flower and leaf with a short tutorial on drawing them from life. Individually these are nice short projects which can be attempted by all levels, these will be great to fit in and around busy life schedules. All can be done as single studies or altogether, why not play around and see what composition you can come up with.

Hope and sunshine to all.

Billy x

Greetings and sunshine to you all. Something for your sketch portfolio this week.

Choosing the Lisianthus flower, we look at steady drawing and noticing shapes and angles, putting all the colour notes and information onto a study page. This sort of page is great for beginners and those practicing or gathering information for a proper study. It's also quite nice not to have the pressure of a full finished painting every time you find your creative moments.

I am also introducing a new pink from Daniel Smith. Every now and then a colour comes along that makes your heart sing. I make no apologies for my colour choices, I feel we must celebrate the freedom to experiment with what colours work for us individually and it's of course it is entirely up to you if you want to add it, but this one is lovely.

Happy playing! Billy

Hello lovely Pomegranate Painters! I hope you enjoyed the stages of the fruit as a whole study, here we have a slice to recreate and the detail is absorbing. I have put it into the Advanced section but as always, if you really want to paint a subject, enthusiasm and opportunity are all you need to have a go.

What I love about this project is the variety of colours and yet I have used some of our regular favourites to achieve them. The idea of 'planning' a painting or study used to scare me, but actually it's just about having a path through the layers required that you will understand and thinking of a way that will make the painting easier to do, I hope, in this project, I have shown you how.

Sunshine, good health and happy painting to you all!
Billy x

This week I have painted a complicated two colour Iris, I loved the twists of the fading flowers and the colour and detail of the falling petals. It is placed in the advanced section due to the time and complexity, but if you love Iris flowers you could give bits of it a try. My very first painting of a flower was a complicated Aquilegia, I loved it enough to try and trying is where the passion begins. The full flower study was completed over 3 days so bear that in mind when you set out to paint the whole project. If you are totally new to painting then practice the colours and draw up the main petal several times across the page and try the purple edge effect. Join us on the forum and share your progress.

Wishing you Sunshine and success!
Billy

Hi perfect painters, after much requesting I have finally tackled a Pomegranate! The tutorial is separated into two parts starting in beginners and then onto intermediate, take it at your own pace and hopefully you will enjoy watching the paint move into the water, that’s the best bit!

We use lots of lovely lush colours and really tackle the ‘disappearing edges of light’ (another lovely book title right there). I love showing you the process of painting, so I hope you enjoy learning with me.

Sunshine and birdsong to you all, Billy x

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