Painting Snowy Winter Trees

blue watercolour winter scene

Blue watercolour winter scene

Hi there how are you?

This week I have been painting winter trees. I watched a video tutorial by Maria Raczynska, she paints lovely watercolour tutorials, this week she painted lots of winter tree bookmarks on a single page of paper.

I liked the idea, found a scrap of watercolour paper (student grade) and followed the tutorial. Obviously I don’t have all of her skills (yet) but it doesn’t look too bad.

winter trees Maria Raczynska tutorial

Winter trees from a Maria Raczynska tutorial.

This then started me thinking about winter trees in general so after looking at winter trees on pixabay (a site that lets you use the images posted royalty free) I painted lots of them in my sketchbook. Practice is the way to go hehehe.

winter trees sketchbook pages

Winter trees painted in my sketchbook, (cartridge paper)

Next I was off to find some cotton watercolour paper to practice on. These two little trees are about 2” x 3” each. Trying to make the trees look like they have snow covering the branches and not like I forgot to paint the leaves is interesting; yes I think more practice needed.

two watercolour winter trees

Two watercolour winter trees

The image at the top of the post is me trying to paint a little snow scene, it’s not any place in particular, just something I made up. I have painted misty trees before; you can see them here if you’re interested.

It’s funny what triggers the imagination and where it leads.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x



Humming Birds Simplified

hummingbird Lucy Wang tutorial

Hummingbird from a Lucy Wang tutorial

Hi there how are you?

I’m still having lots of fun painting birds, last week I painted lots of kingfisher’s, something I thoroughly enjoyed doing.
On my travels during the week I spotted a tutorial in a watercolour painting book by a lady called Lucy Wang. She was showing how to paint humming birds (almost kingfisher’s right?) they were beautifully simplified so as soon as I returned home I decided to try out painting a few of my own.

The top image is me painting in her style from her tutorial, for this page I used a water brush because I was in a rush to try them out.

Back to kingfishers and trying to paint them in this style, some worked better than others again painted with a water brush. (The first one is very humming-bird shaped).

kingfisher's brush strokes

Kingfisher’s painted with just a few brush strokes

Now I have birds on the brain! I tried a few more humming birds using a #8 round sable brush. In my sketchbook they are about the size of my thumb. I used photos for some whilst the others were more inspired by photos using colours I like.

hummingbirds sitting

Seated hummingbirds

The last set if birds are painted days later trying to remember how I painted the first humming birds, changing up the colours.

three hummingbirds

Three hummingbirds, changing up the colours.

I didn’t buy the watercolour book because it was there were only two pages of interest.  I do love her style of painting though and looked around the interwebs to find any book written by Lucy Wang but unfortunately they seem to be out of print. Maybe she’ll write another one! No matter, I’ll keep an eye out and maybe I will find a second-hand copy, fingers crossed.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Peonies and Poppies

watercolour peonies

Watercolour peonies

Hi there how are you?

Still recovering from Inktober and trying to use what I’ve learned in my every day sketching.

Whilst flipping through a Chinese brush painting book I found peonies. I love peonies but had no idea how to approach drawing them. I read through and followed the instructions which gave me an idea of the shapes.

three peonies painted with watercolour

Three peonies painted with watercolour

The way these were painted is inspired by Chinese brush painting but it’s not the way they painted them in the book.

I used a synthetic/sable mix brush for the flowers; my Chinese brushes and sables held too much water for this way of painting, with the synthetic bristles in the mix it held its shape a lot better without holding too much water.


Poppy.  Armistice Day 11th November 2018, 100 years.

I paint the first petal then negative paint all of the other petals around it until it build’s up into the kind of flower I want. Poppies are simpler because they only have four petals, peonies on the other hand have loads which make them a little more difficult but the principle is the same.

wild watercoloured poppies

Lest we forget.


poppies painted with watercolour

Poppies painted with watercolour

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Cute Little Geckos

baby brown gecko

A watercolour sketch of a baby brown gecko


Hi there how are you?

Autumn is here, September is over and the nights are drawing in, time to break out the woolly hats, gloves and scarves.

1st of October is pinch punch post day. (A twitter monthly challenge) It slipped my mind completely last month so I forgot to draw or post anything! This month though I’m ready, the theme is gecko.

I drew one, thought it was kind of cute so I drew another. The brown one is a baby gecko not sure what species. The red one is a leaf-tail gecko, looks like he’s found lunch hehehe.

leaf-tail gecko

A watercolour sketch of a leaf-tail gecko

We had a lovely sunny day this week so I took out my little stool some painting gear, and set about painting a pot of pansies.

This pot of pansies is the only one remaining, I’m afraid the slugs got the rest (little perishers!) At least there’s still some colour left in the garden.

This pot used to be full of weeds; I left them in there because I thought they looked pretty and drew it ages ago for a sketchbook skool class I had taken, you can see it here. It was interesting to see the difference in both paintings.

pot of pansies

a watercolour sketch of some pansies planted in a pot in the garden.

It’s October or should I say Inktober,(you can find out about inktober here) I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one. Where does the time go?

I wasn’t going to participate this year; I’m in a bit of a slump lately and really need to push myself to do anything arty at all, the prompts weren’t filling me with inspiration either so I thought I’d give it a rest this time.

Then I had the idea that I could do a bit of Chinese brush painting (that’s ink right?) and suddenly I’m feeling excited to get going again. I’ve borrowed some books from the library so I’ll follow these and hopefully inspiration won’t be a problem.

It will be interesting to see what the carefully placed intentional brush strokes of Chinese brush painting could do for both my watercolour and drawing skills.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x


Still Trying To Paint Landscapes

zoo stall at the islands

island stall scenery at the zoo


Hi there how are you?

I am yet again trying to paint landscapes, (here’s some  I painted earlier). A while ago I was following a course by Nathan Fowks a while ago and I’m trying to apply his lessons in my paintings. When he’s not painting digitally Nathan Fowks paints with a mixture of watercolour and gouache. Gouache is not my favourite painting medium but slowly I am getting used to it.

The first picture was painted from a photo I had taken at the zoo. They have lots of lovely scenery around the tropical part of the zoo this view is from a small boat on a river. (It’s all very picturesque)

It is painted on white paper with gouache and is about 3 ½ x 2 ½ inches in size. Nathan uses a small A6 size sketchbook and does his paintings small so I’m trying to do the same.

Moel Famau painted in gouache

Moel Famau painted in gouache

The picture above was taken from a recent photo of Moel Famau, it is situated at the top of a hill in Wales and is a mile and a half walk to the top. There is a fantastic view from the top of this monument but boy was it windy!

It is painted in gouache in my craft paper album. The monument came out a bit boxy, something to work on but overall it’s OK.

atumn walk watercolour

An Autumn walk watercolour


The last two were painted using the same reference picture taken from the interwebs. They were both painted on white paper.

The first one was painted with watercolour it came out looser and less detailed than the second one which was painted with gouache. It’s interesting to see the difference between the two.

autumn walk Gouache

An Autumn walk Gouache


There is so much to think about when painting landscapes and it’s taking quite a long time to work it all out but with more practice I’m sure I’ll get there.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x



Sometimes I Need To Draw A Frog

strawberry poison dart frog

Strawberry poison dart frog

Hi there how are you?

This week I have mostly been drawing frogs.
I was sitting here looking at my sketchbook thinking “I don’t know what to draw” unfortunately that is not a good way to learn to draw, so I drew frogs.

Looking through images of frogs on the inter-webs I found a little frog called a strawberry poison dart frog, very pretty and also extremely deadly.

strawberry poison dart frogs

Strawberry poison dart frogs

It doesn’t happen often but sometimes I get that brain freeze that stops me in my tracks and keeps me staring at the white page.

There are ways around this;
sometimes I just slap paint all over the page and eureka no white page.
Using different tools, pens coloured pencils etc. can also work,
and sometimes I just need to kick myself up the backside and draw frogs hehehe.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

strawberry poison dart frog ribbit

Strawberry poison dart frog ribbit




Pansies – Need To Draw Them fast The Slugs are coming!

watercolour sketch of pansies

Watercolour sketch of pansies


Hello peeps how are you?

The garden flowers this year grew and died so quickly and all the colours are fading fast. Pansies are in the garden centres and they are so cheerful to look at I really feel the need to bring them home.

They were all planted in pots around the garden and really do make me happy as they wave in the breeze smiling back at me.

Suddenly there are little notches taken out of the leaves and flower heads missing, the slugs have found them eep!
I decided I had better draw them fast before they turn into little pots of stalks!

The first picture above is of a pansy and a viola. I have to say that the little viola is my favourite out of all of these, it almost painted itself and I managed to get the colours really close to the real flower.

Next I painted lots of pansy heads, all of the colours immortalised in my sketchbook for all time. I had bought a box of mixed colours so hopefully my pots will be a riot of colours throughout the autumn (providing the slugs don’t eat them first that is.)

watercolour sketch of pansies heads

Watercolour sketch of pansies heads


This little viola is painted on a watercolour postcard; the card was hiding in the back of my sketch book, and I was interested to see the difference in the colours to the sketchbook pansies.

Postcard of watercolour pansies

Postcard of watercolour pansies


Below are pansy doodles drawn whilst watching TV, testing myself to see if I could remember the shapes, they’re outlined with a brush pen, almost cartoony really.

more watercolour pansies and heads

More watercolour pansies and heads


I hope you enjoyed a peek these happy little flowers and also that they last a little longer. If it means running around the garden in the dark with a torch picking the rotten things off, It will be worth it for a bit more colour.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x



Wolves, More Lessons

wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour side view

Wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour side view


Hi there how are you?

Last week I was drawing foxes from the Aaron Blaise course “how to draw wolves’ coyotes and foxes” I had started at the end with foxes because I think they’re cute but felt I was missing something.

At the beginning, in the wolf section he covered bone structure, muscles, legs and feet. I was missing feet! (All those little toes and pads.)This is what I get for starting at the end of the course!

wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour

Wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour

I started with the head, he was drawing digitally using a photo of the skull to draw around and show where everything was in relation to the skull. I should have printed one out it would have been a great help, instead I winged it meh.

I drew everything with a red crayola pencil (not so easy to rub out) you can still see the pencil here and there in the two water-coloured heads.

wolf gesture sketches 1

Wolf gesture sketches 1

I drew along with the video stopping it when I fell behind. There’s certainly a lot of information to take in here and although at the moment I’m using it for wolves and foxes it’s also going to be useful for drawing other animals too, lots of animals have similar bone structure.
The wolf gestures are a bit cartoonish, I’d expect that since he is a big animator and Disney artist.

I haven’t gotten around to colouring them in yet, or maybe I’ll draw them again with a graphite pencil and tidy them up a little.

wolf gesture sketches 2

Wolf gesture sketches 2

They’re a lot of fun to draw, if I can pack all of this information into my head I may be able to draw some wolves of my own, I’m going to need some reference though.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x