Trees Through the Seasons – Winter

This is my final video post in this series. This time it’s a winter tree with a hint of dead leaves on the branches. The colours used in this video are Burnt Umber, Ultramarine and a small amount of Quinacridone Gold for the grass at the base of the tree.

If you want to make any comments on the video click on the link below and let me know what you think!

Trees Through the Seasons – Autumn

Here’s the third video in my series Trees Through the Seasons – this time I’m showing you how to paint an autumn tree using four colours:- Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine and Burnt Umber.

As always, I’d love to hear your comments and ideas for new videos – you know what to do, click on the link below and tell me!

Finishing a Painting

Over the Christmas break I decided to have another go with my new toy – water mixable oils. While you don’t need to use smelly turpentine the paints still do have that “oily” smell about them. I finished my picture of Over Owler Tor and because it’s oil I’ve had to leave it for a week or so for the paint to be dry enough to move the picture around and take a photograph of it.

Over Owler Tor

Over Owler Tor in Oil

I realised when I started to paint again that I needn’t have used colours for the underpainting. I should have just used one colour, for example burnt umber, in varying degrees of strength to show the lights and darks – Oh well, you learn something new every time you paint. Look out for my next try!

Trees Through the Seasons – Summer

Here’s the second video in my series Trees Through the Seasons – this time I’m showing you how to paint a summer tree using three colours:- Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine and Burnt Umber.

As always, I’m keen to hear your comments and ideas for new videos – you know what to do, click on the link below!

January Sunrise

Whilst driving to my Ware class yesterday morning (9 January) I saw a spectacular sunrise. The sun was behind a line of leafless trees which were in silhouette. During the lunch break between classes I quickly painted a 4 x 6 inch watercolour sketch of the sunrise and used a black pen to show where the trees were.

sunrise sketch

Sunrise Sketch 6x4inch Watercolour

This is a good way of reminding yourself how a scene looked if you either haven’t got or are unable to use (because of driving) a camera. It’s a good way of training your memory and also helps when you want to work it up into a full size painting.

Seasons Greetings

Dave and I would like to wish everyone who has attended our classes or viewed our websites over the past few years a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year for 2016.

Xmas CardDuring 2015 we have expanded our horizons and have published some videos on YouTube. See below for my latest video, the first in a series of Trees Through the Seasons in Watercolour. In addition, I now have this website where I can express “All About Anne’s Art”. Have a look round and let me know what you think – while you’re here why not sign up for my Newsletter?

We hope to see many of you again at our new and exciting classes in 2016.

Trees Through the Seasons

A little later than expected here’s the first in my series of Trees Through the Seasons – Spring. The idea of these videos is to show you how the same tree looks throughout the year with a view to putting it in a seasonal painting.

Beware!!!! this is an “Anne Tree” and not a real one! You would need to consider what species of tree you wanted to use and shape it accordingly.

I’m always keen to receive your comments so let’s hear them!

Water Mixable Oils

The other day I took delivery of some Water Mixable Oils.  Yes water mixable oils does sound like an oxymoron! They are the modern way of painting in oils in that you only need water and not the smelly turpentine to mix the paints and clean your brushes.

I have painted with these type of oils before and yesterday I shut myself in my studio and completed an underpainting of Over Owler Tor in Derbyshire which was inspired by a photo in a travel magazine. When painting oils you can use a watery (or turpsy with original oil paints) version of the colours to lay down washes so that you can get your shapes, lights and darks all in place before you begin the painting. This helps you with laying out your picture.

Water Mixable Oils

Water Mixable Oils 14 x 11inches

Look out for further details on the painting in future blogs.

New Classes Schedule Published

We have spent a happy couple of hours sorting out the teaching website so that our new schedule which starts in January 2016 could be published. I sent emails round to everyone who comes along to the classes and others who had asked for the information letting them know the new subjects at about 9pm tonight and within the hour I had several people booked into my Ware classes – thanks to all of them (it’s nice to feel wanted!).

If you would like to find out more about my art classes have a look at my teaching website where you will find all the details. You can of course contact me on if you wish to ask any questions.

Private View

Had an enjoyable evening last night at Stevenage Art Society’s Private View talking art with other artists and catching up on the gossip! It’s our Christmas Exhibition and in addition to paintings both framed and unframed we had pottery produced by the potters of the Society. Bought a rather pretty glazed bowl for a snip.

This is the painting I have put into the exhibition framed with a cream mount in a black frame with silver outlining round the glass.

Poppies in Watercolour

Poppies in Watercolour 10 x 8 inches

If you are in the area and fancy having a look at the exhibition it’s on between 28 November and 12 December 12 to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10 to 5pm Saturday at the Denington Galleries, Springfield House, High St, Stevenage SG1 3EJ.