Having a Santa moment , prep for tomorrows Friday Class , Watercolour and Texture .

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas .

King Of The Jungle

King Of The Jungle 
Still enjoying playing with texture , and not a week since my last post , I don’t want to overload you with posts , remember that  you can press the unsubscribe  button , should you want to stop getting my posts .

I am a fan of messy , I read somewhere that  it is called Order out of Chaos ! , I love to play with the textures then try to find my subject , bringing out just enough that you can see the subject , but leaving a LOT to your imagination , for you to  imagine other things bar the obvious .
this is painted in watercolour plus home made Gesso for texture, using Arches 140 not watercolour paper , half sheet size . I find this paper suits the way I want the paint to move , well when it moves how I want it to ! It often chooses not to let me have my own way . I don’t post those ! . 
I love to hear your comments nice or otherwise , and do hope you are enjoying these posts .




Been enjoying painting animals again , my second favourite subject after flowers .
Experimenting with texture , I thought I would show you my progress , lots of ideas  for new paintings using this approach .Freedom to try the What if I try this , what if I splash a bit of paint , try an unnatural colour , alter the papers surface , break the image neatness from the photograph .
I used a royalty free image from the internet as inspiration for this painting .
I hope you like my attempt , and would like to hear your comments .
Happy Painting BEV 


Chinese Lanterns

Friday Class demonstration , I thought I would share what is going on in our class these days  with you , Jane had brought some Chinese lanterns along with her to paint this week , we are never quite sure where the inspiration will come from on a Friday , as the class is full of painting pals who share ideas and thoughts each week , often we see something and then change our minds completely as we like another persons idea better .
That is what happened this week , thank you Jane .

So its composition ideas  , texture thoughts , colour choices , and my favourite WHAT IF WE DO THAT . And then we paint . Sometimes its a bin job , I have plenty of those and sometimes we quite like how it turns out , but either way its the journey that matters , to worry about getting it right is a real strain on creativity we do try to follow our muse .
I do hope that  you will  enjoy looking at the results of this weeks  Fridays Class 


Autumm Leaves

Out Walking My dog this morning leaves rustle as we walk , so many lovely colours , so I picked up a few and took them home with us , and this afternoon had a splash about in Watercolour on my paper of choice Arches 140 not .
I didn’t want a botanically correct depiction of these rusty beautiful leaves , just a feeling of them  rustling around our feet , so I splashed a bit and broke up some of those neat edges ,then I thought lets drop some paint in big blobs , I love the what if I do this stage , just being messy , then thought I would suggest a few words , okay I know It is a bit obvious  Autumn  ! But I didn’t add all the Letters !!!!!!!  just  the what if was tickling in   my ear ,maybe I should add a few words ., just a few I didn’t add them all !!!!! 
I have enjoyed my walk and also the  splash about in the art room later .

I do  hope that  you enjoy looking at my painting 



Collage and Teasels

I had decided to try some more Collage work with my watercolours , I like the messy with a little of the neat , and a harmony in colour , I thought I would share this with you and had so much fun painting this which is half sheet size , lots of What will happen if I do this , what will it look like if I splash a bit etc , a real fun journey .
Normally I have a tonal plan worked out before I do a painting .
This time , I found the subject that inspired me then I sorted out my colours . In fact I ended up doing two paintings I was having so much fun .  using the same subject .

I hope you enjoy looking at these  HAPPY PAINTING BEV 

Shady Lady

I have called this painting Shady Lady , as a friend and Friday Class Girl Judith, posted her holiday photographs on good old face book  , I fell in love with those turquoise pots , wanted one , think I would have had to buy one , and she was photographed looking very cool in her shades and straw hat , maybe she would sample a glass of wine, and in Italy well who doesn’t like Italian Ice cream , so I thought why not do a still life painting  using Judith’s holiday photographs,  to include these items , definitely those pots , in fact I don’t think it will be my last , memory still life painting  ,as I have so enjoyed painting this . I am definitely not a neat painter but wanted some structure , I have tried to break the caged image of the subjects , but I didn’t want them to not be the colours of the holiday , so I hope that a balance has been reached  , and that it will remind Judith of her holiday . I am now thinking of a memory or two of my own holiday , how about you ?
It is Watercolour on Arches 140 not my paper of choice , please let me know what you think of this idea .
Happy Painting BEV 

Honesty in Watercolour

Last Friday one of our class had brought in some honesty from her garden , well that’s how things happen in our class , oh what a great idea we said , and here is the result .
Some experimenting , and many ideas , to arrive at the finished painting , I have started to post a few step by step lessons and may add this painting .
Its great to see so much art on the internet , and I do hope that you enjoy this painting using the simple shapes to create, what I hope is  a pleasing image .
I would love to hear what you think 




Walking My dog I am often looking into the gardens as I pass by , and seeing the lovely Lace cap Hydrangeas growing in a garden , I went back later with my camera and sketch book , They were pink , but then I only use their shapes to take my inspiration from , sometimes I will use their colour , other times change what I see in front of , me after all I have my photograph , its not my plan to reproduce that .
I have done a step by step lesson that shows my journey through this painting , if that would interest you please follow the link to my web site .

As  I haven’t planned any workshops this year , this is one way that I can share ideas and processes , please let me know if you think that this is a good idea .



Hello Everyone , I haven’t planned any workshops for this year , having been asked to-do so , I thought that I would post some step by step lessons that you can download as PDF files , or contact me if you need a Word Doc instead .
This is Watercolour on Arches not 140lb my paper of choice , also you can let me know how you get on with the step by step by leaving your comments , 

I am not sure if this will be a good idea , but it is one way that we can paint together 


Please go to my website and click on the Step by Step Lesson Button