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  • Anemone & Jar - Preview

    Hi lovely painters, one of the requests that come in from time to time is glass, so I have combined a glass tutorial with the beautiful drama of a deeply shadowed white anemone. In this project we look at subtle shadow lines and reflections, knowing what to put in and what to leave out and how to finish a study in a simple yet different way. It's here in the advanced level but you can always jump in if this is what you have been waiting for. Sunshine and warm wishes, Billy

    Monday May 31

  • Large Purple Hibiscus - Finishing the Painting - Preview

    This week we return to the Purple Hibiscus to complete the centre pistil and final petal, I am hoping this will help you complete the study and give you some good guidance on subtle stamen detail, and how to complete a study in an attractive way. Coming back to a painting can inspire you to look back at earlier work and see if you can improve on it, this could also inspire you to have another go at this gorgeous flower.

    Monday May 17

  • Crazy Purple Tulip - Preview

    Hold onto your hats and let’s start painting this beautiful crazy flower. There is lots to do here and a couple of ways to achieve it, I would advise watching this through and choosing your preferred way to proceed. I have added my study to the large green tulip bud and another study I have been painting for fun. Why not combine a couple of tulip tutorials to create a great page?

    Monday May 03

  • Crazy Purple Petals - Preview

    Here we are painting a wonderful page of crazy purple petals and I’ve done this specifically for people who are still feeling very unsure of the wet in wet technique and need to practice. It’s a fabulous page to do and even if you have been working with me for some time I am confident you will enjoy this tutorial. Paint perfect pretty purple petals.

    Monday May 03

  • Tonal Orchid - Preview

    One of my favourite techniques is mixing watercolour and graphite to get the lovely deep soft grey / black tones of the grey scale. It’s useful for speeding up the tonal study but also really fun to do. I love orchids especially slipper orchids, the flowers offer longevity and a myriad of textures and patterns to explore. I hope you give this tutorial a try as it will help with mixing grey, perfecting detail and registering depth of tone. Warm wishes, Billy.

    Sunday April 18

  • Apple Blossom - Preview

    Hello painting people! This large and small study tutorial is aimed to please all; however, I have placed it in the Advanced section. I felt the level got higher as you move through the study but if the whole project seems daunting, please choose sections to just have a try. I have left some of the enlarged study for you to do alone, this is to test your skills going forward, you can use the information already shared to continue on to completion. I have completed the piece with further small blossom paintings to create a pattern, you could do similar, maybe if you have access to some apple blossom you could add some branches. I love painting blossom and I hope you will too. Warm spring wishes Billy x

    Monday April 05

  • Winter Pansy Page - Preview

    Hello all you lovers of watercolour, the winter pansy is the star of this week‘s tutorial. I have made a study page and even included some pressed flowers to give you some more ideas of how you can build your portfolio of practice pieces. This tutorial is suitable for all levels but in particular beginners as I have laid it out almost like a step-by-step layout. I have included in the download pack some lovely photographs of the pansies which brings me to an exciting idea! Billy x

    Monday March 22

  • Pear Leaf - Preview

    Hello dear perfect painters, in this project we return once again to a previous project to complete a simple composition. Those of you desperate for an Autumn leaf, may just love this one. The veins are suggested and the patterning is fun and a nice introduction to gentle building up of detail but the reference is good for those of you that want to take the detail further. I like the different dimensions you get with the two studies and calligraphy; I really hope that you do too.

    Monday March 08

  • Peruvian Lily - Preview

    Hello lovely painting people, this week we’re going back to the butterfly project and adding a Peruvian Lily to make a really sweet composition. Don’t worry if you haven’t done the butterfly you can add in the butterfly after you’ve completed the Lily. The leaves are sweet and twisty and the flowers gloriously bright oranges and yellows, I’ve also added a little pink Alstroemeria flower but all additions are optional. I love coming back to past project and bringing them to a conclusion, hopefully you will too. Happy painting. Warm wishes, Billy

    Monday February 22

  • Poppy Part 2 - Preview

    Hello lovely painting people, this week we conclude the poppy study by adding the leaves and stem and a lovely little bud. It’s a really interesting set of greens to mix and I also show you how I manipulate the photographs to get a nice accurate study. Add the other flower we have provided in your download pack if you wish to make a sweet composition. Be creative and see what you can achieve. Warm wishes to you all. Billy x

    Monday February 08

  • Poppy Part 1 - Preview

    My tutorial here is part 1 of a poppy painting. Always popular, the poppy is however quite a challenge to paint. The flower has a deep red colour but the fragility of the petals allows light to flood through. The petals also have a crumpled appearance and a silkiness. I have put this up as an advanced tutorial due to the complexity of the centre but as always it is up to you, if you are just starting out and love poppies don't let the level scare you off, just have a go. The colour mixing will be the most interesting part of this project, I also show how I combine photographs to create a study that works well on the page. My best and warmest wishes to you all. Billy

    Monday January 25

  • 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

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