Ivy clad trees in watercolour

Working from outdoor sketches I painted a couple of watercolour studies. In the second one I made the ivy a lighter tone. I shall put up a demo in the next day or two but now I have to brave our day of summer and water the garden.

Using graphite watersoluble pencils

I am not a lover of watersoluble watercolour pencils. They always seem far too  ‘wishy washy’ and I can never get the colour I want. However I love the graphite ones. Not alot of people know  this but if you find you have a graphite pencil in your collection that has a picture of a […]

Palette knife or credit card trees

Many painters use a palette knife with watercolour but I usually substitute parts of cut up credit cards especially for this following technique. These are two ways of producing a bark effect – especially useful for silver birches. 1. Dip the card or side of the knife into wet colour and drag the paint across […]

Techniques for trees in watercolour

This is a reference photograph,  not to copy exactly but to help with understanding the colour and form of the tree. The best thing to do is get outdoors and find some trees and make drawings and paintings from life after  you have had a bit of practice with some colour mixing and techniques. This […]

Simple perspective – bars of a gate

If the gate was closed and facing you all the bars would be parallel to each other ( of course they could be bent or even missing but lets assume it’s a new one!). Once the gate is opened the bars are now at an angle to you and will converge if you could extend […]