This picturesque village is set on the shores of the Étang de Thau, a large lagoon with openings to the Mediterranean at Marseillan, an ancient Roman port and Sete known as the 'Venice of the Languedoc'. The area is known for its excellent oysters and mussels and you can enjoy a plateful with a [...]
2 point perspective. Loosely explained from a French cafe.. So, you've sat yourself down in a shady square, ordered 'un cafe, s'il vous plait..' and taken out your sketch book - and you realise that the scene opposite isn't a simple one point perspective. It looks complicated. What to do? I've put this tutorial [...]
Perspective drawing. A huge topic. Probably best explained with a series of drawings. A student confessed to me the other day that whenever she went out sketching, perspective drawing was always a problem. She always sat exactly opposite her subject in order to minimise the perspective. Clever eh? I suggested we ran through some [...]
Step by step Watercolour tutorial of the village of Villeneuvette. This will be one of our en plein air locations this summer for our Painting Holidays in France. It looks so different in the winter months. Sunny but cold. You'll find the full history of this fascinating location on our Blog. Click here [...]
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 [...]
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.