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Today the weather took a downwards turn, the sunshine had gone and we had grey skies and rain, but the flowers were enjoying the water and I was happy in my studio. I thought some of you would like to see how I paint a poppy in as loose a way as I can, it's not easy and it doesn't always work, be brave and have a go. 1     Sketch out your poppy   2.   I then use a spray bottle to wet the paper   3.   Be brave, the paper really can be quite wet,...

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In this blog I will try to explain as clearly as possible how I painted an avocet and his reflection so hopefully if you want to you can have a go yourself. I know following step by step guides can be difficult and to be honest , much of what I do has come with a lot of practice , so don't be too hard on yourself if it doesn't go as well as you'd like first time around, the process of painting should be a challenge but it should be fun too. I.    Draw your birds and try to...

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I am sitting in my studio trying to get stuff sorted after getting home yesterday from a week's teaching in France, phew, what an amazing experience that was! I am not the most seasoned traveller so the trip by myself seemed pretty daunting , but having arrived safely the real work had to begin. I was staying in a little village called St Puy  (The town of Saint-Puy is located in the department of Gers of the french region Midi-Pyrénées) Our home for the week was an old French farmhouse that had been lovingly restored by the owners Terry and Jill This was the...

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If you know me then you'll know I love bees. They are starting to return to the hedgerows and flowers of Mid Devon and they are returning to my paintings too. I have been working on a very large piece this week and there are quite a few bumblebees in it. Here is step by step guide to just one little bee Firstly I make a simple sketch      Then I paint the tiny eye, leaving a white spot for the light reflected, there is cerulean blue in there too     Once I add a bit more blue...

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Spring seems to have left us ,as the rain falls on my studio roof, April showers are now order of the day and the temperature has most definitely dropped. I keep nice and cosy and sit enjoying new views from the large windows in my studio. I like to allow myself to paint whatever I fancy towards the end of the week and sea birds have been attracting my attention . Today I wanted to keep things simple and concentrate on the birds and their reflections, letting  the white paper do the work for me. It has been a lovely day painting...

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