How to Paint..an Iris – A watercolour painting tutorial and Video

With the whole of France now in 'lockdown', I find myself with a lot of studio time ahead. Painting en plein air is now off the agenda so I've decided to supplement our Painting in France YouTube channel with a series of  'How to Paint..'videos. Movement is limited to trips to supermarkets and pharmacies and [...]

Artist’s Photo – a step by step watercolour tutorial

SAA Artist's photo - You paint it. January 2020. A step by step watercolour tutorial of this shady scene I was perusing the SAA website after Christmas and I came across their 'Artist's photo - You paint it' January challenge. Every month an artist submits a photo as a reference for a SAA painting competition. [...]

A taste of France

When one thinks about France, one of the first things to come to mind is the food. Cute little corner cafés, freshly baked French breads, the array of French cheeses; the fresh seasonal delights of a French market and the pastries… oh…the pastries. And so it goes on and on. On our holidays you will [...]

Autumn in Paris: a step by step watercolour tutorial

'Autumn in Paris'. An atmospheric oil painting by Russian artist, Yuri M. Bondarenko is the subject for this step by step watercolour tutorial. I don't normally encourage students to paint from a painting as you tend to get involved with copying the style too closely. Alternatively, I suggest working on a painting using another artist's [...]

Le Pont Vieux, Beziers – a watercolour painting tutorial.

I've seen this view of Beziers many times on postcards and always thought it would make a fine painting subject. When we finally found exactly where the view was from, we climbed to a higher terrace and included the wintry plain trees which I think add to the composition. We were on an exploratory walk [...]

Painting in France: Béziers – a new painting location?

January - and we're both busy planning dates for workshops and classes (Painting and Cooking) plus fine-tuning our plans for this years' Painting Holidays in France. At this time of year we're often on the look out for new venues to paint from. There are some beautiful locations in old Béziers up around the cathedral [...]