Tempting offer on my new book

Have you click on SHOP in the menu at the top of this page, you will see that I have my new book on offer, signed, at the knock down price of £8.00 (plus p and p).

(Postage within the UK is £3 and International is £5 or equivalent.)

final book cover

I have several copies available and now I’m not out and about as much as I used to be and so it will be difficult for me to reach an audience to sell the book.  But I would love people to be able to buy the book at a reasonable price.  So why not take your chance now while stocks last?

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What will you get in this latest book?  Quite a lot!

***There are 35 projects to have a go at, each teaching a new watercolour skill, such as wet in wet, negative painting and using masking fluid.

***You will be able to paint 30 or so different flowers including Lilies, snowdrops, poppies, hellebores, roses and many more.

***Each project is a manageable size taking about half an hour to complete.

***You will be guided through three full size projects, which each have a companion video available on my Youtube channel.  Daffodils in a wood, Wild dog rose and clematis.


***And don’t forget, you get a tracing for each project, so useful help with your initial drawing.


I think that’s good value!

One of the full size projects, with tracing provided
One of the 35 projects to paint.  This shows you how yo use masking fluid
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This is one of my favourites. Iceland poppies showing how to use negative painting.
Holly leaves, just in time for Christmas cards!


I’ll be providing more tips to help illustrate some of the techniques in the book in this blog over the next few weeks.  So look out for that.

I heard this week there will be a Russian translation of the book as well as French and Italian.  Thrilling news for me to think that my book will be read in all these countries.

Til next time… and don’t forget to visit the shop and why not use the link above to visit my Youtube channel.  There are some free videos!








Blackberries step by step


copyright blackberries stage 6

I painted this a few years ago after a walk along a local canal where the hedges were full of Autumn fruits and I photographed the different stages.

Autumn forage
The results of my Autumn foraging walk along  the canal
blackberries stage 1
My drawing with some details masked out
blackberries stage 2
A first wash wet in wet was allowed to dry
blackberries stage 3
Some leaf shapes have been cut out with darker washes.
blackberries stage 4
The blackberries have been washed in leaving some highlights
copyright blackberries stage 6
The finished painting.

Some more leaf shapes have been cut out of the background wash to give depth.

The leaves have been washed with different colours wet in wet.   The masking has been removed and the hawthorn berries and flowers have been painted in.

Towards the outer edges of the painting you can see areas of the first wash left un touched in order to take the eye towards the middle of the painting.

Colours used:

Winsor and Newton artists watercolours

aureolin                      Winsor blue (red shade)         Winsor red           Ultramarine blue

raw sienna                   Quinacridone gold                   cobalt blue           Indian yellow

burnt sienna                Quinacridone magenta           Alizarin crimson     Permanent rose

blackberries 2013 palette annotated
My palette with colours ready.  I love these rich Autumn mixes!


I used 140 not watercolour paper.  Saunders Waterford.

I hope you’re inspired to paint Autumn!