Joanne Lindley – Watercolour landscape / seascape

Joanne Lindley is currently studying the Watercolour Diploma Course and below are some snippets of her recent painting of a landscape and seascape based in Australia.

I chose a personal photo from a trip I did last year along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. This was a new challenge for me as I have only previously painted fruit and flowers! Photo shown below.

I started with a quick watercolour wash using a mix of raw sienna and ultramarine blue. I decided from there that I needed a drier mix into the wet for the sky to avoid the ‘cauliflower’ effect. The closer hills needed to be much darker. The distant hills needed softer edges. The hills needed to be less height. Negative painting was needed for the crests of the waves. A darker tone for the distant sea. Try some dry brushing for the sand.

Colours :
SKY – pthalo blue / paynes grey / bit of madder rose
HILLS – burnt umber / yellow ochre / pthalo sapphire
SEA – pthalo sapphire / aqua green
SAND – yellow ochre / burnt umber
BRUSHES : Neef, squirrel mix, round size 10 and 2.
PAPER : Arches 185gsm

Technique :
Firstly I wet the sky area, trying to leave some dry sections. Dropped in some pthalo blue and paynes grey trying to use a greyer tone closer to the hills. I used a tissue to blot out some colour around the blank paper. I used the same blue over the sea and then when dry I glazed with the aqua green, trying to leave some white paper for the waves, then using a darker tone under the white. I used a wash of yellow ochre for the hills and sand, then layered darker tones of burnt umber for the hills, using a finer brush on the crests to suggest trees/bushes. I tried to vary the tone of yellow ochre for the sand and dry brushed in bits of burnt umber. Finished painting below.

Joanne Lindley
Watercolour Diploma Art Course

Colour Mixing – Learning To Paint

In general, most professional artists create colour mixing charts for their paintings.  It enables artists to be thoroughly familiar with their colours and helps them to learn which colours mix well and which colours perhaps don’t. It can also be helpful when mixing colours while working on paintings either in the studio or Plein Air.

Our students who study our Learning to Paint Course, have the opportunity to experiment with their colours and show their colour pallets along with their paintings to their tutor. This not only helps students to understand the colours they are using, however it also helps our tutors understand how students managed to create the particular range of colours they are using.

Students might be interested in reading how Bridget O’Connor creates her colour charts. She has made many – they are a must see! There is even a template which you can download and print to use for your own colour charts. Bridget explains very clearly how important colour charts are and we have added a snippet of the page below. You can access the full page here  – Artists Network – Colour Charts

Imagine that you’re painting the stem of a flower and that, just under the flower, the colour shifts. If you’ve got a colour chart to consult, you’ll have a good idea how to match that change in colour. If you’re painting a landscape, you don’t want the grass to be one, unvaried green because the effect would be flat and uninteresting. You want to create variety in your greens, and consulting your colour chart will inform you of choices you may not have thought of on your own: for instance, violet mixed with Hooker’s green or indigo mixed with raw sienna.

Our students have created a number of colour charts and we have added just a few of them below. If you have a colour chart you would like to share, you are more than welcome to email it to us at any time!

Barbara Knight – Learn To Draw Short Course

Barbara Knight has created three fantastic drawings while studying our Learn to Draw short course. We love her still life drawing in particular. Do you struggle with your drawing abilities? Why not head over to our website and take a look at our beginners drawing, learn to draw short course. It could give you the boost you you are looking for….Beginners Drawing Course >>


Edward Javier – Still Life in Oils

My name is Edward Javier and I am studying the Oil Painting Course with tutor Alan Dedman. Here is a step by step of my latest painting. I have picked still life for this exercise. Below is my setup….

A4 size Acrylic paper
White Gesso
Raw Sienna & Middle Grey Acrylic for priming
Acrylic brush for priming
Oil paints (Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Burnt Umber, Titanium White)
Paper towel
Oil Painting brushes
Turpentine & Refined Linseed oil

Using burnt umber & lemon yellow mixed with turpentine, I marked where the subjects will be placed in the painting. Then I proceed to fill in the initial tones using cadmium red and lemon yellow. I kept this layer thin by adding few drops of turpentine into the paint.

After completing the initial tone of my subject, I started painting the background noting that the right side of the background is slightly darker than the right and the base is the brightest.

After the Initial tone dries, I started adding more red and orange to give the subject deeper colours. Then I proceeded to add the crease on the background. I try to keep the edges smooth to give it a soft feel.

Once dried, I added the stalks of the apples. I also added more white into the reflections of the fruits. I mixed red, yellow, a bit of titanium white and a bit of linseed oil for the detail of the apples. I used burnt umber, yellow and titanium white for the texture of the murcott. Below is the final outcome :

Magda Grabek – Row, Row, Row…

A wonderful illustration to start the week by Children’s Illustrator student Magda Grabek. Magda introduced herself to Maggy below….

My name is Magda and I’m 31 years old. 3 years ago I graduated as an art teacher, however I’ve never worked in my profession. By taking this course I hope to develop my artistic skills as well as increase my confidence.

We are looking forward to hearing more from Magda over the coming weeks and months and seeing ore of her illustrations.

Anne Boland – Watching You!

I’m sure there are going to be many ‘Wows’ when our readers and students view this post. This painting is by Anne Boland and we think it should be called ‘Watching You’. The model is intently looking at us and it really captures our attention. Anne has painted the entire piece beautifully, the colours are stunning and the painting is very striking. Anne is studying how to paint portraits on the Portrait Painting Course and if you would like to ahve a go at painting a portrait like this, we can definitely help you achieve your goals.