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A typical hot summers day at the seaside, but is that a rain cloud on the horizon? Fleeting dramatic skies, strong sunlight and shadows can be tricky subjects to capture in our paintings. So let me show you how, using simple and effective techniques, we can add drama and sparkle to a day at the beach.
Saturday August 12
Introducing Cautious Annie, our beautiful red fox garden visitor. We call her Annie but I have a feeling that 'she' might be a 'he'. Either way our Red Fox is a captivating sight, full of mystery and intrigue; and this tutorial is all about trying to capture those elusive characteristics.
Monday July 31
You just can't beat a great summer sunset, and this painting is of the Western edge of Britain facing the Atlantic. It's a dramatic composition, full of summer evening heat, cool and hot colours, and dramatic contrast. I'll show you how to create shadows full of warmth and a sky full of interest.
Monday July 17
One of Cornwall’s jewel’s, Mousehole always makes a captivating subject for any painter, but often, it’s easy to get bogged down in the detail of rooftops, windows and boats. In this tutorial, we’ll be using easy techniques to simplify these complicated subjects to make an artwork full of life and light.
Monday July 03
The Charles Bridge dominates the ancient city of Prague. With its huge stone gatehouses, inspiring statues and cobbled walkways, the subjects all add to the distinct Medieval atmosphere. At night the whole area is lit up with incredible, subtle light and it is this aspect that we'll be focusing on for this tutorial.
Monday June 19
This landscape is one of my favourite local views and a real childhood haunt. The Carn faces the sweep of Mounts Bay in West Cornwall, and I have chosen this subject as an exercise in creating depth and distance using colour and tone. You can use these same techniques to add depth to your local landscape and be sure to send in your results, I'd love to see them!
Monday June 05
In 2016 I was lucky enough to visit the high Arctic to paint icebergs, Arctic foxes and the king of the ice, the mighty Polar Bear. It was a life changing trip and a unique painting experience. To watch, sketch and paint the Bears was an absolute joy and this tutorial contains a little Arctic magic.
Monday May 22
Facing the full force of the Atlantic Ocean is always a treat for the senses, a visual spectacle and coastal scenes as dramatic as this are always compelling subjects to paint. A variety of mark making techniques are used to capture the atmosphere of one of Britain's most photographed landmarks, and I've got some great new brushes to play with too!
Sunday May 07
This is a brand new subject for me, a salt marsh in Essex that I discovered a couple of months ago. It's a really exciting environment, with a lot of strong shadows and bright highlights. I've never painted this scene before so I am really excited about it, hope you are too!
Saturday April 22
I was born and brewed just a short stones throw from this lighthouse, and I must have painted it a hundred times. An added challenge this time though was to paint through the grey Cornish mizzle, sudden sparkling sunshine and a blustery breeze. But we love a challenge don't we!?
Saturday April 08