Working with thumbnails

It’s not always a good idea to rush into a painting without doing a little preliminary work first. I enjoy doing small thumbnails to help me decide on colour and composition. Here are a few of a view I like on the Preselis. I did two small watercolours and was quite taken with the cotton […]

Big areas of foreground

In this watercolour painting ( 22 x 22cm) over half the image is foreground…..many people struggle with foregrounds but I like them! I like these stubble fields and also foregrounds with flowers and foliage . The challenge is to achieve a feeling of recession and I think I have managed this to a certain extent […]

Painting texture – lichen

There are lots of ways of suggesting texture using watercolour without spending lots of time painting intricate detail…one of these is using salt