Simple snow scenes using a limited palette

Below is the final step of a step by step snowscene demonstration I wrote for Leisure Painter magazine (March 2011). A limited palette of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna works well for this sort of scene. Remember to keep subject matter in the distance cooler and softer edged than in the foreground. Always try to […]

Salt effects in watercolour

Salt can be used very effectively¬† to give the effect of falling snow. It’s fun to do and the best results can always be turned into Christmas cards. Also it’s really good practice for working wet into wet.

Painting clothed figures in oil

I find it helpful to firstly do a tonal under- painting using a thin wash of pigment diluted with low odour white spirit. This dries quickly. I then paint the clothes with thicker paint using an alla prima ( in one go) wet into wet technique.

Starting to paint people

I think that retaining the character of a person or group of people is more important than trying to precisely paint them. To start and to gain confidence just draw the outlines and paint them with a transparent wash. When you have done this you should be able to see if you have kept the […]

Bluebell woods – a sketch

When painting woodland scenes we usually want to show depth in the picture. We can do this in several ways. I find it works pretty well to do a soft wet into wet background. When this is dry any amount of leaf and forground detail can be added. In this case I have avoided the […]

Ivy clad tree in watercolour – demo

This short demo outlines one way to quickly suggest a mass of ivy growing up a tree. Tip: You can mix watercolour with white gouache to produce a pretty good opaque paint¬† to use in place of individual gouache colours. Don’t use chinese white it won’t do the job.