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Exercises to stretch your portrait drawing muscles

I’ve been busy writing a series of articles for The Leisure Painter about watercolour portraits. After all if I can paint a cow I can paint a person. Right? The challenge is to train your hand to do what your eye wants and secondly, to learn to believe what you see. We all have so …

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Layered portraits

I took a very interesting class on Domestika with a superb Spanish artist called Ale Casanova. https://www.domestika.org/en/courses/949-artistic-portrait-with-watercolors I like my layered portraits (see https://lizintheshed.wordpress.com/2019/11/21/portrait-in-layers/ for example), working over a purple underpainting or grisaille. But, I am finding it too controlled and I like a bit more sponteneity. Then I saw Ale’s work, and it really …

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Watercolour on canvas – the experiments continue

Oh my goodness – so much for thinking I would blog regularly. It is now October and I last did a post in July. I will try and make up for it…. It’s not that I haven’t been painting and experimenting – simply failing to upload any images and explanations. My mega-cows sold from Henley …

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Step by step – great crested grebes in watercolour

A few days ago, I painted a pair of grebes and was really pleased with them. Foolishly, I decided to repeat the grebes, doing more of a close up on their heads, as I had enjoyed blowing their crests with a straw… I say foolishly, as I often find repeating a subject too soon means …

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