Hi everyone! It’s been some time since I last posted but here’s some news about my new book.
There’s an excerpt from the book in the November issue of Leisure Painter. It’s one of my favourite projects in the book with a lovely Autumn twist to get us in the mood for painting as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” arrives.
Chinese Lanterns are so showy and colourful…I have planted a shrub in the garden now and the orange lanterns are there, glowing away merrily.
And look at the Liquidambar tree in the back garden. Incredible colour!
I hope you will come and see me on Thursday 13 July at 2pm in the Search Press marquee at Patchings Festival.
I’ll be at Patchings this year, but I won’t have a stand.
Blink and you might miss me!
I’ll be in the Search Press marquee on Thursday afternoon, July 13th at 2pm.
I’ll be painting one or two of the projects in my new book, Flowers in Watercolour. I’ll be talking about the book, about how to use it and get the most out of it and I will have some of the example “inspirational” paintings on show.
Looking through the book, I am impressed by how much we’ve managed to fit into it! There are 35 projects to have a go at. All with illustrated step by step instructions, a tracing if desired, a photo of the subject and with plenty of tips about techniques, colour mixing, texture making, etc.
I’ve included here some of the illustrations which didn’t get into the book, but which give you a flavour of what there is inside.
So I hope you’ll come and say hello. I’m really looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones too!
I received a forward copy of my new book this month. Very exciting!
It’s been the best part of a year’s work for me and I was really pleased to see that the book has a lot to offer. It’s packed with ideas, projects, tracings, illustrations and it looks like good value for money to me…but then I’m biased!
The projects are quick and easy, well as easy as watercolour ever is! Based on small flower portraits using a variety of techniques which are fully explained.
Makes me remember that when I first started out with watercolour, I used to do small flower portraits…and then would sell them at craft fairs. Either framed or as greetings cards.
I’ll tell you more soon, but in the meantime here are some of the sort of projects you will find in the book, with full step by step instructions.
Towards the end of last year I began a sketchbook to document the garden and anything else that took my fancy. I love the concept of journaling but have always been a bit hit and miss with my sketchbook work.
I bought a Strathmore watercolour journal and I was off. My first sketch was done…
And here are some sketches I’ve done recently, ending up with the Plum blossom sketch of which more in the next blog.
I painted this iris ages ago and took photos of the stages. Thought you might like to see the progress of the painting. It’s quite small…about A4 size.
I love depicting these flowers with their delicious folds and frills!
The challenge was to bring out the iris against a dark background. The white edges at the top were important in making the flower stand out and not be lost in the background. I like putting in a background as I don’t want to produce a botanical study but to try and catch the spirit of the flower growing in its natural environment. I like the stroked in leaves at the bottom giving a bit of depth and context.