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I am off to Anglesey for a week with the family. My paints are packed and I am so looking forward to having some me time and the freedom to paint what I want. I have been tidying up the studio and have found a sketch I did firstly in paynes grey then in the colours I wanted to use     It is quite a simple piece, and the reason I used Payne's grey first was to show the tones. Payne's grey has very dark darks and very light lights so you can create all the tones you need without...

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I am truly amazed on a daily basis on how I got from where I was to where I am today....and where I can ( hopefully ) get to in the future. I can remember  sitting and painting and hoping a masterpiece would just appear on the paper. But what I saw in my mind just wouldn't happen in reality ..the colours would go all muddy and the whole thing would just be wrong. Over and over I would try and my hopes would begin high and fall as the painting didn't work how I imagined .I think all artists must...

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The more I paint in watercolours the more I realise the rules aren't set in stone ...there are ways to break them and create your own . I was talking to a group last week and explaining some techniques , "oh my goodness", said one woman "I'd be too scared to do that.". But never be too scared, it is just paint, water and paper , whatever you do you can always have another go. That said I know what she meant, if a painting goes well and you don't want to risk, it just keep it and experiment on a new piece. However as...

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