Imagination is the beginning of creation

George Bernard Shaw’s brilliant quote, “Imagination is the Beginning of Creation”  is one I love.  Calvin Coolidge, equally pithy said, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.”   As an artist, I need to practice, develop and hone my skills in both endeavours. Imagination, creation, inspiration and persistence – they are all… Continue reading Imagination is the beginning of creation

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mountains

Loose bold free impressionistic watercolour mountains and hills!  Bold bright cobalt sky emphasizes the top of the hill providing a sense of heat, summer and sun to the landscape. Mountain in Blue is an inspired mix of cerulean blue, prussian blue with a bit of umber; then allowing some of the paint to drip down… Continue reading mountains

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Photos as Reference Material

Zoom into a flower with just the stamens, or zoom into a glass vase with just its reflections, maybe take a photo of just clouds only, or the ripples in a pool, perhaps in black and white, or sepia. In other words, take photos in a way you have not tried before nor have seen… Continue reading Photos as Reference Material

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Light and Shade: Tonal Values for Successful Paintings

Whether you’re painting in pastels, watercolours, oils, acrylics, mixed media the single most crucial aspect for more successful artwork is Tonal Values. Making sure that you first observe and see those variations in tone is key in order to then be able to obtain those tones on your painting. The tricks I use to see… Continue reading Light and Shade: Tonal Values for Successful Paintings

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What to Paint first?! Backgrounds

Many new painters wonder which part of the painting to start first. Often beginning with the focal point, or the foreground. However, this presents a dilemma for beginners, as then it becomes much more difficult to get the tonal values correct. As well as then its also much harder to obtain a smooth, seamless transition… Continue reading What to Paint first?! Backgrounds

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Painting Foregrounds: Perspective Tips

Depth and perspective in paintings can be tricky at first for beginners. But it gets a lot easier when you know and follow a couple of logical and simple tips and guidelines.         Simplify The Subject   Break it up into simplified segments. Divide the scene into divisions of Background, Middleground and… Continue reading Painting Foregrounds: Perspective Tips

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