Bird On A Fence

Most new watercolour paintings begin with a pencil sketch. I heightened the contrast on this photograph to make the lines seem more noticeable.

I also applied masking fluid/frisket to the foreground and bird since I wanted to start by painting the background first.

I applied a thick layer of paint for the background using Quinacridone…

The Lonely Barn

Another practice painting in watercolour. Each time I paint I learn something new and find ways to improve.

In this painting I focused on under glazing – essentially how a layer of paint underneath the rest can add warmth and cool tones to the painting.

I began painting from the background forward, making each next…

French Rose

Travelling to France on holiday. I had hoped to have time to sit down in parks and sketch/paint, but surprise surprise we walked non-stop. At the very end of the trip, when I collapsed in absolute exhaustion, I had a brief chance to do a few little sketches. One of them was this Rose that…

Working On The River Cottage

This painting is an older one, before I learnt about negative painting techniques (I think this painting would greatly benefit from using negative rather than positive painting).

Again I used my preferred brand of watercolour tube paints – Daniel Smith. The colors used are Pyrrol Blue (green shade), Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Green (Blue Shade), and…

Working on The Tranquil Cottage Painting

For the tranquil cottage painting I used high-quality artist quality paint from the brand Daniel Smith to create a semi-realistic appearance. Daniel Smith paints have a wonderful consistency to them, making painting an absolute pleasure; they are super creamy and can achieve both bright and dark colors and tones.

The colors used in this painting…