New Website…New Blog!

Welcome to my new website/blog.  From now on everything is in one place.  Go to Ann Mortimer Art and you will go to this blog and website combined…so much tidier.  And I’m told that this new format reads much better on ipads, phones etc.

The menu is top right with all the usual information but you will initially land on this blog page to get the latest news.

I do have some news.  I’m going to be working with Search press on another book!  More details soon, but for now I am delighted to have a new project to think about.

It’s raining as I write…not what we wish for in June, but the warm weather of a week ago was perfect for my new irises from Cayeux Irises

They have been so looked forward to and are so beautiful!  This one is called Melted Butter.

melted butter

I feel a painting coming on!

I hope you will visit often now that I can write about what’s going on more immediately.

See you soon!





Painting again…

So much to tell you!
I have been posting on facebook a lot.  I sometimes wonder how many of you lovely followers also look at facebook and my page.

Whether it’s the Spring, the lighter days, I don’t know but I feel like painting again.  I expect many people who paint feel the same way.  I have been creating new work and enjoying the process.

White Hellebores
Hellebores always seem to start the painting year off, if it hasn’t already been snowdrops!  I bought some new hellebore plants for our new garden and this is one of them with the sun on it.
With fresh enthusiasm I went through my drawings and preparatory sketches that I had abandoned and was able to create this Sweet Peas painting from a photo taken a few years ago.  What inspired me was the backlighting…that seems always to do it for me!
Impression Sweet Peas
I enjoyed painting the indistinct shape of these complicated flowers…trying to render them as a mass of shapes and colours and tones.  Also liked doing the glass vase.  Watercolour is so good for painting glass.  After all it’s see through, like water!
Also enjoyed putting all the new videos on my YouTube channel.  
Have you seen this?  It’s a new project that we have uploaded on to YouTube.  It’s in five separate parts and you can watch a preview of each one…

This is the painting I demonstrate, start to finish.

Sunny Dog Roses
I hope you’ll take a look!
More news soon.  Enjoy the lighter days and let’s hope for some warmer days soon!

Learning with me on YouTube

Change is afoot at Ann Mortimer Art HQ, so I thought I’d post a quick update here on the blog.

As many of your know, my DVD ‘Watercolour Techniques by Ann Mortimer’ has been available over on the website since 2014, and there are also lots of tutorial videos on my YouTube channel, including the Clematis demo I filmed a few weeks back, which you can view here:

Recently, YouTube added the possibility of offering rental and purchase options for videos. This came just at the right time for me, as I have nearly run out of DVDs to sell!

So, as from today, two of the three* videos on the DVD will be available to either purchase or rent directly from YouTube, and the physical DVD will not longer be for sale (there are still a few left if you’re quick). If you rent a video on YouTube you will be given access for 72 hours. Purchasing a video makes this access permanent: You will always be able to watch the video on YouTube, but you don’t actually download it. And don’t worry about moving your computer to your painting desk – you can view the videos on tablets and smartphones too, and they look great. Best of all: you have instant access! There’s no waiting around for your DVD to arrive, you can start watching and painting right away! (*We are still working on making “Negative Painting” available.)

Finally, one more thing: As well as releasing the DVD videos on YouTube, I have also filmed a completely new demonstration which will available exclusively to rent or buy on YouTube. The subject is Sunny Dog Roses and you will be able to view extracts of the videos for free.

So lots of news! I am very excited about expanding the YouTube channel to offer instant purchase and rental videos, and I really hope lots of you will enjoy them and channel the inspiration into your own watercolour painting.

Watercolour Demo: Single White Flower Part 1

We’ve started filming some new videos for you to watch on YouTube.

Its a lot of work, intense and absorbing and very technical.  I just do the painting..that’s the easy bit!

Nice to be producing something to share again.  Enjoy!

(Click bottom right on the video to get full screen and HD quality.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel…it will mean I can bring you more projects in the future, and you can hear about anything new that comes up.  Thank you!)   🙂

Being a modern day artist involves more than getting your paints and paper out as I’m finding right now.

If art is about communication and sharing, which I think it is, then you cannot ignore social media…I’m talking Facebook, Blogs such as this one, online galleries such as Redbubble.

I love sharing what I do…it makes sense of it all.  Why paint otherwise?  I realised lately that I am not your classic tortured artist with a desperate message to put over in order to express inner turmoil and anguish.

I just love nature, beautiful things and working with my hands and eyes and senses using  watercolour as my medium.

And here are some paintings of beautiful things…

So in order to share my art I plan to upload videos on YouTube and demos of my favourite subjects here and on Facebook.  

If all goes well, we will be making some films next week.