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  • 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

  • Daffodil - Preview

    I hope this Daffodil tutorial will take you to your place of calm and show you how to work with yellow while not using shadow colours. It is tricky but sweet and you can repeat it as often as you wish. stay well and a virtual hug to you all.

    Monday March 23

  • A Blue Hen Egg - Preview

    This egg is the ultimate in understatement but the best simple shape to practice observation of subtle light and shade. It can be used in a composition, added to a mixed study page or simply painted on its own. The colour of the egg is created by a pigment called ‘oocyanin’ added by the hen during the process of laying. The colours take practice to perfect, so you could draw up many eggs across the page and repeat, repeat, you know that is the way to eggcellence!

    Monday March 09

  • Red and Gold Calla Lily - Preview

    One of my all-time favourites for all levels of painting confidence; the washes are fabulous to mix and blend, the shape is simple but elegant and it is a great flower head to add to your sketchbook. Draw it at many angles and get the most from your flower.

    Monday February 24

  • Spinach Leaf - Preview

    This lovely simple leaf will help you in reaffirming your skills, simple things are not only good for beginners but also for intermediate and advanced painters to check and confirm their confidence in control. It is only when we can make something so simple look easy that we can feel that watercolour thrill. It’s also great for practicing green. It is also a lovely little study for a sketchbook.

    Monday February 10

  • Big Blue Agapanthus (variety ‘Night Sky’) - Preview

    After much requesting here is my first agapanthus tutorial. I love this flower as I know you do too, the colours are intensified form the photograph and therefore if you chose to work from life you won’t need to go so dark. There are many varieties which I will cover another time but this one has a beautiful blue hue and fresh mid green leaves, here I have just concentrated on the flowers as there is a lot to do. Enjoy the project and maybe share the love by encouraging friends to join my lessons and learn to love watercolour. Billy x

    Monday January 27

  • Green Textured Avocado Persea Americana - Preview

    The Avocado is actually botanically a berry housing a very large seed! It is so knobbly I thought what a wonderful way to show you how I would attack such a study. You don’t have to paint the whole fruit, you could just try a section in your sketchbook but have a go and zone out into a happy painting place. Billy x

    Monday January 13

  • Pink Hydrangea Flower Head - Preview

    I spent many years disliking the big round pink blooms of the Hydrangea and then one day after admiring a shrub that was simply dripping in flower, I decided that it was a spectacularly beautiful and ‘lovely to paint’ plant. It has certainly grown in popularity maybe due to the access and variety of the plant in recent years. I love the shape of the petals, the veining, the spotting of colour as it matures and the stems! I hope you will love painting it too. I have added it to a large sheet of studies, my challenge is how to make this collection into a design, watch this space. Happy pink painting. Billy x

    Monday December 30

  • Spindle - Euonymus Europaea - Preview

    This enchanting plant with its jewel-like pink and orange fruits is a pretty and charming botanical subject. I have a weakness for pink and orange combinations which I have no explanation for, it must be a deep-seated happy childhood memory. I have included some decorative gold leaf text, it is great fun and I am sure you will want to have a go.

    Monday December 16

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