I’ve been working steadily and thought I should show off some of my recent work. Some of it has already been sold and some is available at the upcoming shows at Ashburton and Kaiapoi.
After preparing your paper, the creation of an artwork generally goes in a number of steps. For me the initial process is; Select the subject of the work which maybe a scene, portrait, still life, realistic work from your imagination, abstract or indeed any other type. This process might involve; Framing or altering the subject […]
Farm Shed – Step by Step Most artists who paint representational watercolours start with a pencil drawing, which may be just some simple outline or a fully detailed work. My pencil drawings are usually somewhere between these two extremes. Many artists choose to use a soft pencil but my preference is an HB because there […]
Watercolour artists stretch their paper, primarily to prevent it from buckling or deckling when water is applied in large quantities either in preparation for paintings or when a large wash is applied. This happens because paper expands when it is wet and this expansion can be reduced or eliminated by wetting the paper thoroughly then […]
Palettes; are used by many artists, although some choose to use a white china plate or saucer. I like to use a folding or fixed palette with small wells along with largish pans for mixing colours. I squeeze paint from tubes into the small wells as required and although the paint does harden with time […]
There are many manufacturers of watercolour paints, which can be purchased in tubes or pans. While pans can be useful while you are travelling, because they take up less space, I believe that to achieve intense, colours, you are better to use tube paints. Cheap sets of tube watercolour paints may be useful for complete […]
Watercolour brushes come in a range of shapes and sizes and it is very much a personal preference as to what brushes you use. Some artists exclusively use quite large flat brushes while those who paint botanical paintings, fine paintings of birds or delicate flower paintings may use only small round brushes. The size of […]