Crab Apples in Watercolour

When I recently ran an acrylic all-day class on autumn colours at Ware I was left with quite a few bits and pieces of foliage that had been brought in by everyone. One of the things was a pair of crab apples with a few withering leaves. After spotting it I immediately thought I have to paint them in watercolour!!

So here it is, what do you think?

Crab Apples

Crab Apples in Watercolour 12x9inches

The apples were painted wet-in-wet which is why the greens and reds fuse into one another. The leaves were a bit of a challenge as they were quite dry and crispy and had lots of folds. It was definitely a case of dark against light to get them to curl over. The leaf to the back of the branch was painted with a rigger brush to enable me to get the lacy look.

Another video on YouTube

I’m getting into the swing of it now – here’s another video on YouTube.

This time I’m explaining how to paint Rose Hips in Watercolour using only four colours. For those of you who haven’t used them before Quinacridone Red is a bright transparent red. Indian Yellow is also transparent and similar in colour to Cadmium Yellow which is opaque. Ultramarine Blue is a general dark blue and mixes very well with Burnt Sienna, a light brown, to make a dark almost black colour, again they are both transparent.

So, having had a look, what do you think?

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Mixing a Green for Holly Leaves

I held my Christmas Theme classes last week so that those who wished to could have their paintings made into this years Christmas Card.

There was lots of holly and ivy on the table for everyone to paint. However, we decided that getting the “right” colour of green for the holly was a bit difficult! Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow which was the initial choice of most people produced a rather pale shade of green and, if you look carefully at my demo leaves in this first picture,

Pale Green Holly Leaves

Pale Green Holly Leaves

you can see the granulation of the blue. Ignore the pink encroaching on the top right hand corner – it’s a petal from another demo piece that is out of shot!

I suggested a rather wacky combination of Phthalo Blue and Burnt Umber – yes it works! Phthalo Blue is a rather beautiful turquoise blue which if mixed with yellow (the usual green mix) produces a bright sickly green. Mix it with Burnt Umber which is on the yellow side of the colour spectrum and you get a really deep green as can be seen in this second demo piece.

Dark Green Holly Leaf

Dark Green Holly Leaf

As I have said to my classes in the past – mixing colours is half the fun of watercolour painting, you never quite know what you are going to get!

My Video is on YouTube!

After a great deal of work (and I mean a lot) my first video is now up on YouTube – you can find it here.

I have to say a great big thanks to my personal video and audio editor who has done me proud!

Have a look and tell me what you think.

My First Video!

We’ve spent a happy couple of hours this afternoon making a video of me painting poppy heads in watercolour. After a few false starts working out what I was going to say and trying not to sound too “telephony” (if you know what I mean) I managed to complete a picture of poppy heads in pen and wash.

Here is a teaser still from the video which, if all being well, will be posted tomorrow after my very own video editor has done his thing!

Poppy Heads in Pen and Wash

Video Still Poppy Heads in Pen and Wash

So, what do you think?! All (constructive!) comments gratefully received.

Crab Apple Blossom

As a beginner most of us want to draw out the subject before we go anywhere near the paper with paint as we are not confident enough. I now tend to draw as little as I can get away with unless the subject is particularly difficult as I think that you get a freer painting when there are no boundaries to conform to.

Crab Apple Blossom

Crab Apple Blossom in Watercolour 6x9inches

This small vignette of crab apple blossom is an example of what I mean by a freer painting. The flowers and leaves were painted in watercolour straight onto the paper. If you look closely you can see where the colours have run into one another and also where I have gone in with stronger paint and used it to define the shapes of the petals.

Look out for the picture of the actual crab apples!


I’m often asked where I get my inspiration from for my paintings. To give you an idea, here is a photograph that I took a couple of weeks ago when thinking about subjects for my classes. It shows a hedgerow on the side of a small road between two villages near to where I live.

Autumn Hedgerow

Autumn Hedgerow

The idea for the painting came from looking at the cow parsley in the photograph and thinking what would happen if I used masking fluid to mask out the foreground vegetation and painted the background in a wet in wet way making sure that the areas around the cow parsley were intense so that the white paper would show. Here is the result……

Cow Parsley

Cow Parsley in Watercolour 1/4 Imperial

It turned out pretty much as I imagined it would which is quite pleasing!


Welcome to my first blog on my new website.

This website is a venue for me to express myself and show you more of my art. I will be blogging on a fairly regular basis with all sorts of stuff from ideas through to finished paintings.

White Flowers

White Flowers in watercolour 1/4 Imperial

There will be a regular Newsletter “All about Anne’s Art” setting out all sorts of bits and pieces about my painting including when and where you can join my classes. If you want to receive my Newsletter please sign up using the box on the right.

The next step is I am working on is posting some instructional videos to You Tube and eventually preparing some on-line courses that can be followed from the comfort of your own home!