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Today was bright sunny day in Mid Devon, I have spent a lot of time recently painting little bees, and I shall no doubt return to them as I do love them ,but today I needed a break. While I was looking for something completely different I came across a duck in mid flight, it looked so completely quackers that I thought I would see what happened if I painted it and here today I can share  the results with you. Have a go it is fun  1.    Sketch out your duck.   2. Next I painted in the...

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I have a drawer in my studio, full to the brim with rejects, paintings that have gone wrong, or that I have discarded over the years, believe me there are a lot of them.  I have recently been trying to find ways to reuse them. There is the obvious way of simply turning them over and painting on the back, and I do that sometimes, especially when i am teaching or trying out new colours.  But I also look through them and try to find ways to resurrect them in some way, some are beyond any help I can give...

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I have recently returned from France , the flower of the moment was definitely the Iris. I had never painted an iris and was asked how I would go about painting one, I promised next year we would have a go....so yesterday I thought I had better see if I could paint one !!! 1.   So armed with a reference photo from Pixabay, my paints and water I sketched out the rough outline, and began. The puzzle ,always, with a new subject is figuring out how you can make the paint 'read' as the subject you are painting. I knew...

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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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