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Dear Painting people, hoping this tutorial finds you well. Now, I know how you love leaves, in particular those with flowers. The white hellebore was one of my early tutorials but a favourite of the members, so I thought let's go back and add a beautiful leaf, one that completes the study and complements the flower in its positioning. This tutorial reconfirms some mixing basics, some attitudes to veining and maintaining light.

Enjoy and may your paint brushes become magic wands!

Warm wishes, Billy

In this short tutorial I show you a finishing technique which is useful if you feel the paper won't take any more washes or you just fancy trying some new materials to add more depth and texture to your study. I show how gentle shading of coloured pencils can add more colour and texture.

Have fun and see how you get on.

Warm wishes, Billy

This festive feeling project is one I’ve had in my plans for some time. I took the photograph of this beautiful Quince found in a hedgerow, and to me it looked like it had wings. I love the way the light falls on the leaf and I love the rich fluffy golden body of the fruit. I’ve painted a really soft, warm grey background to this which you can choose to do or not, it’s up to you.

I hope you give this one a go and enjoy the techniques, the washes, and the buildup of colour.

Wishing you warm wishes and wings.

Dear lovely painters this week we are painting the dry acorn from the Autumn finds mixed study page, we filmed this some time ago and like all little treasures it was filed in a safe place. So here it is, something small and sweet to do on a rainy day or PJ day as we say in my house. I have put it in the beginner's section as it is a nice small study that you can copy repeat and perfect without too much stress.

Hello fellow painters, this weeks tutorial is a Holly sprig with some lovely berries and a paper tag tied with string. Holly is 'so winter', evocative of cold crisp days and holiday decor. I have chosen this as it's a subject that nearly everyone has a go at and can often be quite a tricky thing to do well; the leaves must be shiny and the points must be sharp. Anyway give this a go, even if it's just one leaf, put on your favourite music and off we go.

Warm wishes and happy practice, Billy x

With this project we go back to school and put in some good practice repetition, you can use similar leaves and even weed leaves work well as they are prolific even through winter. Laying out a page with strict lines and a pattern to repeat is wonderful as all you concentrate on is brush practice and colour.

I am excited as this tutorial suits all levels but in particular those wanting a basic tutorial and mixing green. I really hope you enjoy this, the layout can also be used for other studies, so I am excited to see where you take it.

Stay safe and keep painting! Warm wishes, Billy

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

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