Sunday 13 June 2021

Summer Clematis


"Summer Clematis"

Original Watercolour on paper

Well it's a hot day today, probably the warmest of the year so far and I'm sure the garden will love it as much as we do!  I have gradually added to the plants in pots in our garden this year and I've been looking for really pretty flowering plants such as sweet peas and clematis.

The clematis that I have chosen is called "Sarah Elizabeth" and has beautiful pink flowers.  The painting is inspired by, but a different colour to my plant and I think I will have to paint another when the flowers appear. 

Although putting the plants in pots is a little more high maintenance than planting them in the ground, I have the luxury of moving them around and placing them where they like to be in the sun/shade.

I'll try and share pics when the blooms appear and hopefully I'll be inspired to paint more watercolours of this very pretty subject.

Monday 19 April 2021

Online Tuition - harvest mouse in watercolour


Online tuition

Would you like to have a go at painting this harvest mouse in watercolour?

New online tuition is available via my website showing how to bring together a few different watercolour techniques to paint this little chap.  The tuition comprises 2 online videos and lots of tips.

Grab those brushes :)

Sunday 28 February 2021

Boxing Hares - Somerset Wildlife Trust Art Auction


"Boxing Hares"
Original Watercolour 55cm x 35cm
Donated to Somerset Wildlife Trust art auction

Somerset (including the levels) is the most beautiful county, ok so maybe I might be a bit biased :).  We are blessed with animals and birds such as herons, owls, badgers, hares to name a few and that's not including the smaller birds, bees, butterflies that we can all attract to our gardens and spaces around our homes.

The Somerset Wildlife Trust has an amazing website which offers events and some fabulous information as to how we can support nature within our beautiful county.

One of the jobs on my to-do list is to create a plan for the garden - so far this year we have hung a teapot for birds nesting and dotted lots of feeders around the garden.  I also have a small bee hive/hotel that will be placed amongst lots of pollinating plants that I hope to spread around in pots and containers.  

The bird feeders have been hugely successful and so far the most intriguing visitor to me has been the jackdaw - I have previously seen them as predators and "stealer of nest eggs" but having observed them more closely, I see them differently now.  I am fascinated to see them arrive in the garden within a pair - where you see one, their partner will be very close by.  They are clever and very, very aware of everything going on around them.

Although not the best photo, this jackdaw is patiently waiting for their partner to finish feeding from seeds on the grass.

Here is a link to Somerset Wildlife Trust's website and I'm sure there will be more details to follow soon regarding their online art auction.

Sunday 21 February 2021

Wild Primroses - watercolour, loose and simple

How to paint beautiful wild primroses loosely in watercolour

Online Tuition £10

The beautiful wild primrose with their clusters of pale yellow flowers are perfect to capture in watercolour.  

I tend to see them and visualise them from above, as a posy of flowers surrounded by warm green leaves.

With the purchase of my online tuition you will learn via two online videos:

  • Learn how to mix leafy greens
  • Play with texture in the leaves
  • Practice with small flowers and shapes
  • Obtain the effect of light on the petals
  • Increase the contrast
  • Bring all the techniques together into one painting
Bring a little spring to your day and have a go!  

Tulip Time - National Trust