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Watercolour Crocus

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Today I’d like to share a watercolour painting I made of a crocus. When it came through in the garden the colour was so vivid I had to try to capture the moment.

Crocus in Watercolour

Crocus in Watercolour

Materials

  • Winsor and Newton Watercolour paint
  • Paper Weave watercolour card
  • Pro Arte Renaissance Sable brush

I hope you like it, it was a challenge but thanks to using Billy Showell’s book A-Z of Watercolour Flowers for reference for mixing the colours it went ok. Highly recommend that book.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another watercolour painting I recently made.

Watercolour Rose 3

Watercolour Rose 3

At Christmas I received a book and DVD set by Billy Showell about painting flowers. I’ve been studying and practicing and this was my result. I have a long way to go, but I’m pleased with my progress so far. I added ink over the top of the sketch, on this one.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a rose that I made using watercolour.

Watercolour rose

Watercolour rose

At Christmas I received a book and DVD set by Billy Showell about painting flowers. I’ve been studying and practicing and this was my result. I have a long way to go, but I’m pleased with my progress so far.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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At the beginning of the August, hubby and I went for a short break; camping in Chichester. It was a delightful setting in woodland and for the most part we had good weather. After watching the painting shows on C&C and visiting a few arty blogs, I was inspired to get sketching again. I got out my sketching kit, and decided to take the watercolours with me, just in case the opportunity arose.

One day we went to Parham House I just love architecture and painting/drawing old buildings. There is so much texture and they never fail to captivate me. I did get some funny looks the other year, when I was photographing the old worn leather baggage at a heritage railway. I found the surfaces and ageing just as interesting as the buildings. Who knows what those pictures will end up as, reference for distressed painting projects or faded out as backgrounds for digital projects :) Art really has exploded into so many possibilities for me in the last few years. Its grown far beyond what I thought it was twenty years ago.

Anyway, enough wittering! Here is the picture I wanted to share; its of some of the buildings at Parham House.

Buildings at Parham house

Buildings at Parham house

It’s not a finished piece, I need more practice to add the greenery to the building and more texture to the stonework. I am pleased with the result though, whenever I see the picture it will remind me of the day, and of how much I enjoy sketching buildings.

What inspires you to get your paints out?  Have you been on any painting expeditions this year?

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Leaf sketch

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Recently I’ve gotten back into watercolour painting. I watched a clip of Bente Starke King’s Botanical Art Techniques on The Painting and Drawing Channel, or in my case on my computer as I’ve not got Sky. The clip was amazing, and I decided to grab one of the many fallen leaves in the garden and give her techniques a try. Here are the results;

Watercolour sketch of a leaf

Watercolour sketch of a leaf

Here’s the leaf I was drawing and painting from;
 
The model :)

The model :)

 
My first botanical leaf!

My first botanical leaf!

 

Links

 
There’s a whole range of great art tutorial DVDs available from The SAA and you can see excerpts from some of them on The Painting and Drawing channel and on your computer too. Check them out, there are some brilliant artists on there, it’s a great way to learn new techniques and discover new artists.
 
What have you been painting lately?
 
Best wishes
 
Billie :)

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At the beginning of the month, hubby and I went for a short break; camping in Chichester. It was a delightful setting in woodland and for the most part we had good weather. After watching the painting shows on C&C and visiting a few arty blogs I was inspired to get sketching again. I got out my sketching kit, and decided to take the watercolours with me, just in case the opportunity arose.

We visited Petworth House, and for the first time I saw the original paintings of Turner. OMG I was blown away and could have cried, they were so amazing! I’ve only seen them in magazines before, and I just thought he was the Prince of Gloom and wasn’t that impressed. How wrong can you be, in real life there is an incredible amount of detail in the paintings, there were rooms and rooms of the most stunning art. If you can’t get to a gallery but find yourself in Sussex, DO check out Petworth House.

Another day we went to Parham House, can you tell we aren’t pool n sunbathing kinda people :) I just love architecture and painting/drawing old buildings. There is so much texture and they never fail to captivate me. I did get some funny looks the other year, when I was photographing the old worn leather baggage at a heritage railway. I found the surfaces and ageing just as interesting as the buildings. Who knows what those pictures will end up as, reference for distressed painting projects or faded out as backgrounds for digital projects :) Art really has exploded into so many possibilities for me in the last few years. Its grown far beyond what I thought it was twenty years ago.

Anyway, enough wittering! Here is the picture I wanted to share; its of the dovecote at Parham House.

Sketch of Dovecote at Parham House

Sketch of Dovecote at Parham House

I also took a photo of it from the gardens, which will feature on a calendar on here later in the year. I also took loads of floral pictures in the gardens too, so lots of inspiration for me for when the weather turns :) I did the pencil sketch at the time and then added the colour back at the campsite :)

Thanks to Stephanie and Sheena from Create and Craft, to Julie Prichard for the art classes all of which have helped me get over my fear of painting, and redefine what art is. Thanks to Seth Apter for his amazing blog; The Altered Page, which is a constant source of inspiration. I’m going to give painting and drawing another go and see where it takes me. 

I have just joined the SAA again, they have loads of great tutorial DVD and books on there. There is also a painting and drawing channel which shows excerpts from the DVDs. Thankfully these are also available on the computer  and on You Tube for others like me with out Sky! After watching one of their execerpts from a video by Bente King, I painted the best realistic leaf painting I’ve ever done, but I’ll share that another day. :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :) :) :)

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