Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

What a fun painting to do! Enjoyed all of this and I had the video cameras going too so it will up on youtube in the near future. A lot of careful color mixing which paid off and some nice splattering and wet iin wet color mixing in the castle walls. Very happy with this.

Here is the first part of the video – the planning, color matching and drawing stages.

And here’s the second part – the actual painting.

Wading Blue Heron

Wading Blue Heron. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 14”x11”

Wading Blue Heron

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After a couple of false starts this heron finally came together. Surprisingly tricky to get the character of the bird with the lovely angled neck and feathered body. Love the loose edges in this which are crucial to getting the right feel.

Black-Shouldered Kite

From a fantastic photo from Dave Nightingale in the Reference Images for Artists facebook page. The photo is almost too good to paint but I wanted to do a very loose bird painting after all the precision painting over the last couple of months.

I wasn’t sure whether it is finished or not. I’m tempted to do more on the wings and more detail in the face but I’ll leave it until tomorrow to decide.

Train Painting

I’ve been looking forward to having a crack at this train for a while. I’d envisioned it being almost monochromatic and pretty indistinct and hazy in the details. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s part of a commission and I’m still undecided whether I need to make changes.

Here are some work in progress shots :

Zoom Art Class – Poppies

Poppies. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Phew. Another marathon zoom class today. Flowers were as intense as usual and had to rush towards the end.

Here is all the paraphernalia needed for zooming an art class. We’ve tried to keep it as unobtrusive as possible but there seems to be extra things creeping in.


Poppies. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

This was HELL! I had the idea to try painting flowers on hot press paper. It wasn’t a good idea. I thought the hot press would keep the colors bright as the paint doesn’t sink in so much. However the paint also dries immediately it hits the paper so blending and losing edges was nigh on impossible. I soldiered on even though the thing was looking wretched and bit by bit it came back together.

Looks nice but NEVER AGAIN!!

Penguin Demo Lesson


Penguins today. Rather than my usual subject I thought we’d do something different and combine photos to make a new scene. Started off with a sketch and then some exercises on darks and fading colors. The final thing was a bit of a struggle but pretty much came together at the end.

Here’s a closeup of the final result.