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  • Painted Egg - Preview

    Happy Easter one and all, I have decided to add in something a little different this week. Long gone are the days I receive a tissue paper daffodil plastered onto a sugar paper card from my boys, alas but by indulging myself in a little Easter craft, it takes me back to jolly times with the children. Why should the fun stop? Here we are painting snow drops onto blown eggs, I have used Daniel Smith painting ground but you could use a white matt emulsion paint as an alternative for this project.

    Sunday April 07

  • Blue Hyacinth Bud - Preview

    This project is intense but not too difficult and if you have the reference enlarged you will be able to see the detail and enjoy the very subtle changes in colour throughout the bud arrangement. If you can get your hands on a flower that would be wonderful as the shape of the buds are quite unusual and not what you would expect. Happy painting!

    Monday March 25

  • Blue Hyacinth Leaves - Preview

    On this project we look at how we start to compose a study page of a plant and then how we paint the beautiful smooth, rich, green leaves of the Hyacinth. The beauty of painting something as glorious as the Hyacinth and you can watch it grow and enjoy the scent as well.

    Monday March 11

  • Strelitzia Reginae Stem & Sepal - Preview

    This week we continue with the stem and sepal of the Strelitzia flowers, dealing with all the beautiful colours it presents; make sure that you’re painting is turned so that your painting hand is comfortable, this will help you achieve long fine lines for the veining. Enjoy! Best Billy Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday February 25

  • Strelitzia Reginae Petals - Preview

    Strelitzia Reginae, Bird of paradise is so named because the flowers have the appearance of long beak birds. They are wonderfully colourful, beautifully strange and make a fantastic study for us to paint. This week’s tutorial will cover the beautiful orange petals that emerge from the top of the pointed sepal. Keep your paint colours clean and keep the sweeping to a minimum in order to maintain smooth bright luscious petals. Happiness with your brushes, Billy 😊 Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday February 11

  • Tiny Dry Rose Bud - Preview

    Continuing with our found object composition, we are adding a study of a small dried rose bud. I love these little curiosities, they offer a little painting time without the pressure. It's great to keep a supply of objects in the drawer for the winter months, obviously I apologise if you are watching this in the midst of a heatwave! A moment to study and paint, will help focus your thoughts and stave off the blues. Best Billy Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday January 28

  • Plums - Preview

    This week we paint beautiful plum fruits, I don't profess to be the best at painting bloom but I use this technique with some success, keep perfecting the edges and don't lose the contrast between light and dark. This technique works for black grapes too. Enjoy the lush of the powdery blush. Best Billy Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday January 14

  • Tiny Rose Bud - Preview

    This week we are adding a small rose bud and leaf to the beautiful pink rose study. Once you have mastered this you can add other buds and leaves to create a wonderful chintz inspired composition. Draw them out first onto tracing paper and make sure you are happy with the position before you paint them in. Paint on tip toe with a happy heart. Best Billy Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday December 31

  • Half Lemon - Preview

    It’s always great to add another dimension to a study of the fruit and the cross-section here is a great test of colour mixing. Retaining the light is important here and also allowing each little stage to dry but I hope you agree with me it makes a very nice little study next to the whole lemon. Best Billy x Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday December 17

  • Whole Lemon - Preview

    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. Together we paint. Best Billy x

    Monday December 03

  • Red Spring Onion - Preview

    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 Available to watch right now with our monthly and annual paid subscription plans. Upgrade your membership to watch this tutorial in full Other tutorials you might like:

    Monday November 19

  • Hellebore Stamens - Preview

    Here we go in for the detail, we are painting the centre reproductive details. Remember this is only one way to paint them and many artists have different approaches; my aim is to give you as much information as I can on the techniques I use, so give it a go and see how you do. Keep your brushes pointed and your shoulders relaxed! Best Billy xx

    Monday November 05

  • Camellia Leaves - Preview

    No flower is really ever complete without it's leaf so this week we will be painting the leaves to go with the pretty, pale camellia flower. The problem with light on dark leaves is a tricky one so maybe practice this a few times before committing to your finished painting. Mix plenty of green and keep it stirred to maintain a good blend and a good strong mix. Billy x

    Sunday October 21

  • Camellia Flower - Preview

    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

  • Papaver Nudicaule Poppy Bussana - Preview

    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. I love it, it's fun and delicate and unpredictable but addictive. The technique is looser but the results can be quite perfect, play and enjoy; the best tip when using this method is not to rush it and don't be tempted to peak at the result until it is totally dry. take time out to play, life is precious and play makes you happy. Billy x

    Sunday September 23

  • Spring Bouquet Part 3 - Preview

    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. Billy x

    Sunday September 09

  • Spring Bouquet Part 2 - Preview

    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

  • Spring Bouquet Part 1 - Preview

    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! Best wishes Billy

    Monday August 13

  • White Iris on Black Part 2 - Preview

    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. Best Wishes Billy

    Sunday July 29

  • White Iris on Black Part 1 - Preview

    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. Best Wishes Billy

    Tuesday July 17

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