Watercolour Oranges

Taking a painting from an initial idea to finished piece I recently resolved to make a quick sketch of any idea I had for a painting. I normally just write a quick note down in my daily sketchbook, but the other day I was flicking back through some ideas for pictures, and really couldn’t remember quite what I had wanted … Read More

Lifting Leaves

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Removing top layers of watercolour paint Here’s a detail from my recent Palm House painting, showing the glossy leaves on a bush in the shadows. After a number of attempts at painting this foreground foliage, I decided to use the lifting technique to ‘find’ the leaves in the shadows. I painted the whole bush in detail, in a … Read More

Mini acrylic painting

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Little & Large: I’m enjoying working on a mini acrylic canvas, using a favourite green colour mix of Payne’s Grey and cadmium yellow light. I’m also working on a large version of this painting, it’s taking a while, so I thought a change of scale may help to revitalise things. I’m using canvas sold for watercolour painting, it … Read More

It’s good to sketch

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Quick pen and wash sketches So good to get out and do some loose sketching of shoreline plants with my morning coffee at the beach. I used my new swivel paint palette, and its water pen, the colours are lovely and vibrant ideal for colour washes over ink work. I was also using a new Hahnemuehle sketchbook, which … Read More

42 Colour Fan/ Swivel Watercolor Paint Set

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Portable Paint Palette Just got these bright happy watercolour paints in the morning post, approx $20AUD on eBay. I was attracted by the nifty swivel trays, but am very impressed with my first swatches, colours are bright, mix well and will hopefully be good for sketching flowers when I’m out and about. [siteorigin_widget class=”WP_Widget_Media_Gallery”][/siteorigin_widget] Vibrant colours Experimenting with … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, August 03 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Halfway there This weeks drawing board has some watercolour paintings halfway through, plus my largest watercolour painting yet, on an easel. On the easel: This is a large painting of sweet pea flowers, I’ve completed the background washes on this stretched sheet of paper and am now starting to paint in the flowers. Top row drawing board: Tall … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, June29 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Sweet Peas This weeks drawing board has some paintings near completion. Top row: Banana leaves, with background washes, banana leaf studies (underneath). Leaf vine pattern designs on heavy cream card using ink pen and watercolour, I plan to scan this image digitally and create a repeat pattern. Two complete watercolours of sweet peas, I really enjoyed painting these, … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, April 23 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Gum Leaves This weeks drawing board has a few ideas for a new series of gum leaf paintings. Top row: Sweet Peas – small sketchbook open at a page with a test piece for a large watercolour painting I’m planning of sweet peas. I’ve tried three approaches to the painting in my sketchbook (see below).Gum tree leaf colour … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 06 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Tropical leaves. This weeks drawing board has a new crop of watercolours in my tropical leaves series. Top row: Colour swatch sketch book, open on my Winsor & Newton watercolours page, I find it a really handy reference when working out colour schemes for new paintings.  (Underneath sketch book) a tropical leaf painting I keep coming back to, … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Feb 02 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Saltbush leaves and flowers This weeks drawing board has a beach vibe and a few experiments Top row: Sketch book with colour swatch samples from some new tubes of Winsor & Newton paints – Winsor Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Indigo (my new favourite colour!), Paynes Grey & Burnt Sienna, plus a little sketch of an Agapanthus flower using Winsor … Read More

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