Ah, the joys of dog ownership....Millie, our Springer Spaniel is our constant companion whether galloping around the vineyards or lounging in an old armchair in the studio. She's 3 years old and so long overdue for a proper 'sitting'. In this digital age it's so easy to take lots of reference photos until you're happy [...]
Gondolas. It could only be Venice. Here's a tutorial I've put together based on this wonderful photograph courtesy of Google Images. It's slightly enhanced colour wise but I like it for it's graphic composition. Start with a good horizontal line for the sea level, the rest can be freehand sketching. I've omitted the pontoons [...]
This tutorial is based on a scene at the village of Ventenac-en-Minervois on the Canal du Midi which was constructed between 1666 to 1681. Click through to find the full step by step tutorial showing the reference photograph and all the stages from an initial pencil sketch through to final watercolour painting.
The road between Roujan and Neffies, two nearby villages, is typical of many in this region – lined with plane trees. Planted in the early 19th century on the orders of Napoleon to provide shade for troops and travelers moving through this sun scorched area. They’re also convenient for watercolour artists. This tutorial shows you [...]
The Pyrenees mark the border between France and Spain about 90 minutes from here. This tutorial is based on a series of sketches I did just this side of the French border. I tried to draw the viewer into the picture with a dusty track heading down to a simple farmhouse with the Pyrenees layered [...]
Margon is a small village just 2 kilometres from Pouzolles. This tutorial is set with a view across the Autumn tinted vines and line of plane trees to the Chateau which dates back to the 12th century.?
Kefalonia – a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed…and where I proposed to my wife, Monica. This tutorial is worked up from sketches made in situ and a reference photo or two. You’ll enjoy using a rich palette of Prussian and Cerulean blues, ochres and deep greens.
I loved the light in this early morning scene – the misty trees in the background, those long shadows across the grass, the dark trees and the deep shadows in the foreground. It looks complicated but the tutorial will help to simplify the process. See also the Drawing tutorial on the same scene.
In this instance, I broke the drawing stage down further into the elements of the picture which may help your watercolour version too. I worked up some tonal values to help visualize the depth of the scene before adding some colour with soft crayons….