DVD now available on Amazon

Backlit snowdrops

Just to let you know that I have made the DVD “Watercolour Techniques by Ann Mortimer” available on Amazon.


Many people do not have a PayPal account and perhaps don’t want to create one (even though it’s a really useful thing to have!).  But I know that many people, like me, order regularly on Amazon so it made sense to put my DVD up for sale there.

It has been a beautiful spring day here in Nottingham and the Spring flowers are out in force…hellebores, primroses, tiny iris reticulata, crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, and many others.  Such a cheerful sight!  

I painted the above snowdrops from a photo that I had taken when the low Winter sun was lighting up the tiny bunch of blooms from behind.  I love that effect, but it requires quite a brave use of darks in the background to bring out the pristine white snowdrops as well as some deep shadows on the petals.

Affiliates Exhibition at the Nottingham Society of Artists 15 Feb to 23 Feb 2014

Sunny Doorway
I’ve just been to deliver some paintings, folios, cards, books and DVDs to the Nottingham Society of Artists Friar Lane Gallery, NG1 6DH today for the Affiliates Exhibition starting on Saturday 15 February until Sunday 23 February 10am til 4.30p
I’ve put my name down to steward on Saturday morning and so I will be there at the start of the exhibition,
so why not pop in and say hello if you are in town.  
I only joined the society last year and so this is the first time I’ve had a chance to exhibit and I’m looking forward to getting involved.  

Backlit subjects…be an opportunist with camera at the ready.

One of the good things about Winter is the way the sun is low in the sky in the afternoon and creeps down and lights your subject from behind.  When I see this happening as I walk out into the garden, I run inside, grab my camera and take a photo.

That’s how I caught these primroses being backlit and hoped that it would provide a good subject to paint with lots of contrast and drama.

With tiny flowers like this, it’s difficult to paint them from life in the garden and so a photo opens up all sorts of possibilities.  The shadows on the flowers and leaves can be fully understood and observed.  We are so lucky to have this extra help with painting these days.

I liked the way this painting turned out.  I think it shows how you can go very dark with your background while retaining the dramatic light in the main subject.

As with everything in this game you have to paint what you see and be brave with the shadows within the flowers.  Hope you like it!

Posting worldwide…

Finished painting of white flowers on my DVD Watercolour Techniques by Ann Mortimer

We sent off copies of my new DVD yesterday to far flung places the USA, Hong Kong, Canada and Italy.

We sent the NTSC version to the USA and Canada and the PAL version elsewhere as there are two different compatibility types worldwide.

Amazing how the worldwide web makes these things possible.

I watched the whole DVD for the first time on my large television screen.  Never too comfortable watching yourself but I wanted to see what everyone would see.  I was happy.

My thoughts are now turning to other projects for further films, some of which will be available free on line.

There is nothing better than seeing someone actually applying the paint in front of you, and watching the nature of the brush strokes and the use of water and pigment.  I have always loved to watch others paint and the DVD answers this need perfectly.  I’d love to share my tried and tested watercolour techniques with you!

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