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  • White Hellebore Leaf - Preview

    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

    Monday January 11

  • Mango Finishing Project - Preview

    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

    Monday December 28

  • Golden Quince - Preview

    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.

    Monday December 14

  • Found Treasures - The Dry Acorn - Preview

    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.

    Monday November 30

  • Holly Sprig - Preview

    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

    Monday November 16

  • Practising Leaves - Preview

    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

    Monday November 02

  • Lily of the Valley - Preview

    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?

    Monday October 19

  • Found Treasures - Autumn Finds - Preview

    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.

    Monday October 05

  • Large Rose - Preview

    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

    Monday September 21

  • White Lily - Preview

    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

    Monday September 07

  • Honeysuckle - Preview

    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

    Monday August 24

  • Shoe Project - Part 2 - Preview

    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

    Monday August 10

  • Shoe Project - Part 1 - Preview

    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

    Monday July 27

  • Walters Rose Leaves - Preview

    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

    Monday July 13

  • Lollo Rosso Lettuce Leaf - Preview

    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

    Monday June 29

  • Walters Rose - Preview

    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

    Monday June 15

  • Deep Pink Paeonia - Preview

    The beautiful peony is somewhat of a challenge to paint but capture it we must. This beauty grew happily in my garden which I sadly had to leave behind when I moved house. It grew well and the time of flowering that I loved the most was when the bloom was nearly done and the fragility of this stage is the hardest thing to capture without the aid of a photo for reference. I have split this into two tutorials so that you can maybe practice the elements and think about positioning of the flower before getting stuck into the whole flower. Enjoy! Best wishes and stay safe Billy x

    Monday June 01

  • Bluebell - Preview

    This beautiful and delicate Bluebell flower, synonymous with the English countryside, pushes forth through dappled woodland light to create a delightful carpet of blue. It’s one of those flowering events that we look forward to every year. Close up, the flower is a combination of purples, lilacs and blues. In this tutorial, we cover drawing, colour mixing and add some coloured pencil (optional). Happy Bluebell painting!

    Monday May 18

  • Three Tulips - Part 2: Leaves - Preview

    Hello lovely painting people. This week we will paint the cast shadow to the tulip arrangement, the shadow is softer in the photo reference so you can choose the shadows I saw or those in the photo. Adding shadow to your tulips is optional, if you are worried about making a mistake, just paint one of the tulips in a watercolour sketchbook and practice the shadow in there first.

    Monday April 20

  • Three Tulips - Preview

    Hi there, this weeks tutorial is the first of a two-part project, with spring in the air and flowers pushing forth, I chose these baby powder coloured tulips. The gentle colour palette for me is reminiscent of an Easter flower arrangement that my Nanna would place centre table. As children we often went to stay with her in Devon at this time of year, she had a 1950’s style kitchen in green and yellow, with oodles of cream coloured pottery each with a pink or lilac flower and a huge display of teapots in similar colours. It’s funny how simple colour combinations can evoke such sweet memories.

    Monday April 06

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