Happy New Year everyone! I’m looking forward to another year of blogging about my work and how I do it, but I thought I’d start off with a summary of some of my most popular blog posts so far, just in case you missed them:

1. How to choose and mix colours for your watercolour painting

You don’t need to buy a huge set of colours when you choose your paints. However many you have in your set, it’s worth trying some practical colour theory so you can explore the range of colours available from the ones you have.
This blog post gives advice about what colours you need and how best to use them.

Read ‘How to choose and mix colours for your watercolour painting’

2. Good reference pictures for painting and drawing

Good reference photos are hard to come by, as most artists know! In this post I explain why tone is so important to capture when taking reference pictures for portraits.

Read ‘Good reference pictures for painting and drawing’

3. Starting out with watercolour

This blog post explains a few things to think about when you’re starting out watercolour painting, including equipment and the type of techniques you will need to learn.

Read ‘Starting out with watercolour’

4. Art hashtag social media challenges

Find out how art hashtag challenges can give your creativity a boost, and help get your work seen.

Read ‘Art hashtag social media challenges’

5. Using tone in your paintings and drawings

I think tone (or light and shade) is crucial to making pictures with depth and feeling. I’ve written a few pointers and exercises on how to start out using tone in your drawings and paintings.

Read ‘Using tone in your paintings and drawings’

6. Why you should own original art

Real art, handmade by an artist, is powerful. Here are a few thoughts on why you need to own some!

Read ‘Why you should own original art’

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