Learning To Draw From Imagination…

I can draw. But not like artists who can draw completely from imagination with very little reference images. Most of my drawings and sketches (foundations for my paintings) will be an amalgamation of reference photos with slight adjustments. I decided that this was a significant issue to my progress. I don’t want to be limited…

The Making of Superb Wren and Camellias

Most of the time you will only ever see the finished painting by an artist. The painting-process itself can take days or months to complete. But there is so much that goes behind the paintings that doesn’t actually involve picking up a paint brush. This post shows you the thought process and steps that I…

The Making of Haworthias Jupiter Succulent

Were you looking for the Haworthias Jupiter Succulent in my Portfolio?

I enjoyed the last succulent project that I painted. It gave me a great opportunity to practice painting a variety of green hues and tones, and provided a fulfilling finished product. So it makes sense to paint more of the same (or similar) subject….

Autumn Leaf

I’m regularly taking online painting courses and classes; there is never a time when you don’t learn something new or can get some wonderful inspiration from someone. This leaf was the product of the first lesson taught by Heidi Willis in her Udemy class “Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals – Chasing Autumn”.

Heidi currently has…

Making of Aloe Polyphylla Succulent

The third painting in my succulent series is of a Aloe Polyphylla. Similar to my first Succulent painting, this reference photo spoke to me; I adored the warm shadows and the geometric patterns.

I would also like to give credit to where credit is due. I found this awesome photo uploaded by Stephen Boisvert on Flickr….

Making Of The Queen Victoria Agave Succulent

Another succulent. What can I say? They seem to capture my attention. When I first selected these images, I knew that they were going to be a bit more complex than my first succulent painting, but I clearly didn’t anticipate just how much more complex.

Almost all paintings in this complexity I make a tracing…

Fritz Nobis Rose Sketch

I’m still recovering from a cold, so just the thought of getting out my art supplies is exhausting. Seriously! Who would have thought that grabbing out some brushes, pans, palettes, water bottles… the list goes on and then I just want to sleep… It is a bad cold.

Since I really enjoyed doing my earlier…

Sketch of a Rose In Ink

Not all my artwork is in watercolours; often the process of creating a piece involves not only the sketch, but studies of reference materials.

I used to be a big advocate for pen and ink drawings. It’s a great medium to create art in as it can involve a very low set-up cost, and it…

The Succulent

If you aren’t already, it’s a good time to follow me on Instagram: I usually post photos of my paintings as I work on them, long before I get around to writing a blog post or publishing the finial paintings on my website.

Lately I have practiced painting greens; all the variations of hues, tones…