About this blog

WELCOME! My name is Ann Mortimer and I'm a professional watercolour artist and tutor from Nottingham, UK.

This is a "learn how to" and "problem solving" blog covering WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES.

You can look for things that interest you in the blog archive on the side bar when various topics have built up over time!

I'll be covering thing such as colour mixing, negative painting, using masking fluid, laying washes, painting water and all sorts of other things.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Retford Art Society demo and the wonders of technology

As a result of the wonders of technology and social media I can "talk" to the nice woman (don't know her name) who asked the intelligent question about painting leaves that seem to overlap one another using negative painting.  Hello there, hope you enjoyed the demo!... I directed her to this blog and the demo last January about painting clematis leaves.  She needs to scroll down past the demo of daffodil leaves to the first demo on the blog.  I hope she has a look and finds it helpful.

Above is a painting I did years ago showing leaves bottom left painted this way.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

New techniques posts coming soon!

Don't know whether you've all given up on hearing any more from me.  I hope not.  Well I've finished my teaching for the year apart from a demo I am doing for Retford art society tomorrow evening.

 And so I will have time again to post some tips on this blog.  I will start with painting shadows on white flowers.  A very nice person left a comment for me asking me to talk about how to paint the narcissi flowers from the demo on negative painting last January.  I said I would when I found the time.

These are the sorts of shadows I mean in the pic below.

And here's another example of similar shadows.  They're created when the flowers are backlit.

I'll cover the colours we need and the mixing and how to apply the shadows in the next few days, so keep a look out!

By the way the backlit orchids above are from my new book "Ready to Paint Orchids in Watercolour" published by Search Press and available from Amazon in January 2013.