Friday 26 April 2024

snowdrops in watercolour


Snowdrops - watercolour painting

A very iconic symbol of the first signs of spring - snowdrops! They're so delicate and pure and super lovely to paint.

In this lesson we also play with creating a bokeh effect - those circle highlights that create some interest in our soft green background. These are wonderfully addictive to create and I dare you not to do too many and overdo it ;-)

Find the full video tutorial on Patreon and Renee's Studio.

Happy painting!

Wednesday 10 April 2024

frangipanis in watercolour


Watercolour painting of Frangipani flowers

There's something so incredibly exotic about frangipanis. Maybe it's because they conjure up images of Hawaii and garlands of tropical flowers. But then there's also how fragile and pure they look, and their incredible scent.

Everyday of my visit to my parents recently I would visit this frangipani tree and breathe in the scent. It was so lovely. I'm really glad I took the time to paint them too.

You can paint these too! I took a number of photos of each step in painting these and the full step by step with detailed instructions is on Patreon and Renee's Studio.

Happy painting!

Tuesday 19 March 2024

the art of loosening up


Watercolour of Refugio San Vicende, Pyrenees, Spain

Lately, I've been loosening up and relaxing a little in my paintings. Having fun and being bold. It's exciting!

When I want to let go and paint with abandon, here are few things that help me. I thought you might find something in this list that speaks to you.
  1. Painting standing up ​
    When I stand at a distance from my painting, I can’t paint tiny details. I also need to hold my brush further back so I can reach the paper, so my brush strokes are looser.
  2. Embracing larger brushes
    It’s rather obvious that you can’t paint little details with a large brush, but there’s also something else. A large brush holds a lot more paint, so you can paint for longer without going back to the palette, allowing me more time to lose myself in each brush stroke.
  3. Stocking up on paper ​
    Having plenty of paper at hand encourages experimentation without fear of wasting materials. I also paint on the back of old paintings, on paper I’ve never thought of trying, pieces of cardboard, anything!
  4. Exploring forgotten colours
    I notice that some colours on my palette run out fast and need topping up often. Others almost never. So I’ve been using colours from my palette that I haven’t touched in a while. I’m discovering new and forgotten colour combinations and I make sure to swatch and label my new favourites for later use.
  5. Experimenting with brush strokes
    For sure, after a while my brush becomes an extension of my hand. But, it’s easy for me to forget to push the limits of a brush. So I’m experimenting a lot with mark making.
  6. Keeping some creations private ​
    Not every painting needs to be shared—keeping some as personal experiments adds a sense of freedom.

Here’s to the joy of experimentation! I hope this inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.

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