January 30, 2019

And so it is time for me to start planning a new painting. 

The blank page is staring me in the face and goading me. Laughing at me.

I want to paint something about the effect that leaving teaching had on my mental health. I didn't realise at the time how much teaching...

January 9, 2019

Many moons ago I started planning this painting using ZBrush, something that I hadn't tried before, and now it's finally finished.

In this video, I'll show you the final stages of the painting process and then reveal the finished image.

The question that I asked myself a...

January 9, 2019

This is easily my favourite aspect of colour mixing as you can tell from many of my paintings:

Colour mixing greys with this level of subtly takes a steady hand. All of the greys in these paintings were mixed from three primary colours so the greys have a slight colour...

January 9, 2019

In my recent post in this series, I looked at how to mix bright and vibrant colours by using a split primary palette. Today I'm going to go the opposite way and look at how to dirty up your colours so that look a lot more realistic.

Colours in real life aren't generally...

January 9, 2019

In this video, I will show you around my studio where I create all of my paintings.

You'll get to see where I paint and where I store my painting materials. You'll also see my computer set up that I use for planning my paintings.

As an aside, I'll show you some choice of...

January 9, 2019

Being an artist, one of the questions that I constantly get asked is: Can I mix any colour from the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue?

The answer is yes. No. Sort of.

You can mix a version of every colour. So you can mix a purple, an orange etc but you won't be...

January 9, 2019

Controlling hue, saturation and value is one of the fundamental issues that artists have to deal with. But what are they?

Watch the video above for definitions of the three terms. You'll also get to see them used on my new painting. Watch how I manipulate the three vari...

January 9, 2019

Art rules are a great place for beginners to start. They provide a proven structure for producing good results. 

Many times when creating a painting you have to find the rules of the painting too. It's the same with designing a creature. What are the rules that I'm stic...

January 9, 2019

In this video, I look at the beginning stages of the creation of my new painting and also discuss how to stop being a perfectionist, something that I suffer from quite a bit.

For eighteen years I worked as an infant teacher. Being a teacher is not a great job for a perf...

January 9, 2019

Mixing browns might not sound like the sexiest subject for colour mixing but it is the foundation of pretty much all colour mixing. You're either trying to mix brown or trying to avoid mixing brown.

The lovely thing about browns is that that they can be very subtle. The...