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I really enjoyed a great week as Artist in Residence at Nature in Art followed by a lively two-days teaching a Creative Colour Mixing Workshop.

These are the pictures I worked on during this week.


This is my first trial of Strathmore Bristol Vellum 300 series and I really enjoyed working in this paper. Not so happy about the slightly grey tinge to the paper or the fact that the colour seemed to drain a bit but I will now persevere with something more vibrant. We really need a trustworthy and enjoyable paper to replace Fabriano hopefully only in the short term.


These ‘Larger than Life’ Parrots are finally near completion, just a tidy up and then off to be scanned.


I managed quite a bit more leaf work on this “larger than Life’ Artichoke but it is very painstaking.


Finally, I got started on my next really large piece, ‘Larger than Life’ Day lilies. I can’t wait to continue with this but have to finish those pesky leaves first!!

Not to bad for a week’s work, thanks to Nature in Art for having me!

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I have just spent a delightful weekend teaching some very enthusiastic students at the glorious RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr. A truly magical venue made all the better by the addition of the famous ‘Betty’s Teashop.
The weekend was marred only by the rain, which made a visit to the excellent Harrogate Spring Flower Show a very muddy experience; the traffic made worse by the addition of the BBC Food Fair and the road works for the impending Tour de France visit, so parking a nightmare and finally a nasty bug which necessitated a long wait at Harrogate Hospital on Saturday evening for some antibiotics. But throughout everyone was so helpful and friendly, the town is beautiful and I now have a large goody bag from Betty’s to enjoy at home now I am recovered.
The following is a step by step of a shiny camellia leaf which I demonstrated to the class over the weekend of the ‘Leaves and All Things Leafy’ workshop.

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Outline drawing in pencil which will eventually be absorbed by the dark greens.
Heavily applied Faber Castell Ivory 103 for a resist effect to create the veins and a small amount of mid green applied over the veins so they can be easily seen.

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Shading applied using FC Paynes Grey as this is a very blue green leaf.

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Starting with my three main greens for my colour mix which are FC 278, 174 and 168. Applying the colour using small ellipses and varying the pressure, more weight in the darker shaded areas and less as I move towards the highlights. I preserve the highlights by working round them and keeping more white paper than their eventual size so I can gradually work into them without losing them completely.

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Having layered my three greens I now go over some of the softer highlights lightly with a FC Cold Grey I.

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Now back in again with the shade colour and the darkest green FC278 to emphasise the contrasts and smooth over the green areas.

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More FC Cold Grey I and more dark green before my final burnish with the Lyra Splender.

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Finish the stem and a final neat ending of edges.

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