Friday 17 November 2023

autumn silver birches


Painting an autumn landscape in watercolour

I couldn't let the year finish without an autumn scene :-) So here are some very pretty silver birches we spotted on a hike the other day. They just glow against the darker mountain behind!

While the main focus of this scene is the beautiful trees, there is also the pretty stream with little cascades over the rocks. Altogether, these create a super pretty autumn landscape.

Happy painting!

Friday 10 November 2023

snowy christmas robin

Paint a robin in watercolour

I'm going to say it! Christmas is coming!! So let's get a bit of head start by painting a cute, little, fluffy robin in the snow.

You can scan your finished painting and turn it into a Christmas card or paint is as an original to give to someone special.

I painted this one to match the deer in the snow that is a lesson from about a year ago. They'll look so lovely together.

Happy painting!

Find the full, real time, video tutorial on Patreon and Renee's Studio

Thanks to Abdul Rehman Khalid on Unsplash for the lovely reference photo.

Saturday 4 November 2023

sunlit ruin and stormy sky

Painting a sunlit ruin and stormy sky in watercolour

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a new abandoned town - Tiermas. This one is an old Roman town and had some beautiful medieval buildings, including a very large church. In the 1950s most of the town, the old Roman baths and all the orchards and arable land was flooded to make way for a reservoir. Everyone, except 2 of the inhabitants, moved on, with the remaining 2 staying until they died. It's a sad story for sure.

The part of the town that was on a hill still remains, and is quite extensive. But it certainly is very ruined! On the day I was there it was rainy and I had a number of false starts before sketching, plus a few trips back to the van to wait out showers then setting up again and continuing. It was rather funny, and also totally worthwhile, because the lighting was beautiful with the sunlight catching the stonework on the buildings and the dark stormy sky.

After I finished sketching, I took a million photos, and we're going to be working from one of those for this lesson.

Happy painting!

Find the full tutorial on Patreon or Renee's Studio -