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Paint-along with Paul

Paint-along with Paul, well this was certainly something new that I did this week. This live event has been something that I have been planning for sometime. I enjoy live painting sessions. Firstly they really get the adrenalin flowing. Secondly…

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Beginner guide to drawing by Paul Hopkinson

Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Birds

What method do you use to get the outline drawing onto the watercolour paper? Ideally if we all had time I am sure we would all aspire to freehand draw. However, if you have never drawn before where do you start…?

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Paint a realistic owl in watercolour alongside Paul Hopkinson

A Tawny Owl in Watercolour

Would you like to learn how to paint a realistic owl in watercolour in easy to follow stages? Tawny Owls are beautiful birds of British woodlands. Whilst essentially a brown bird I can assure you…

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Robin photographed at Halsdon Nature Reserve

How to Paint a Detailed Robin

A little start to finish on how to paint a robin in detailed watercolour.  To begin with I needed a photo to work from.  This was a project from a few years back when I had time to take some of my own reference…

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Photographing pied flycatchers on Exmoor

Pied Flycatcher Painting – Part 2

So, to carry on from where we left off last week and now to how I painted a pair of Pied Flycatchers. We are at the point where I had my reference material decided upon. So I was just…

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Female Pied Flycatcher photographed on Exmoor

Pied Flycatcher Painting – Part 1

Back in 2013 we were very fortunate to be helping a licensed bird ringer monitor and maintain his bird boxes in a wood near Exmoor. He was particularly hoping to encourage Pied Flycatchers to his boxes. Aware…

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Original watercolor lynx painting, last step

A Caracal in Watercolour

Whilst preparing some Facebook posts I came across some work in progress (WIP) shots of when I was painting a big cat in watercolour. This is a Caracal kitten also known as a Desert Lynx. I actually

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Colour swatch of watercolour paints made easy

Learn About Mixing Watercolour Paints

Mixing colours for a watercolour painting can be tricky. Indeed for those new to the medium it can even be a bit daunting. There are a few things you can do to make your life easier. At the same time…

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Original watercolour wren painting

Work in Progress – Jenny Wren Painting

Once again we’ve started our volunteer nest recording work for the BTO. One bird we notice while we are out looking for and monitoring nests, is the wren. However, we’ve yet to find a lined nest this year so…

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Paul Hopkinson, studio painting area

How do I get Started with Watercolours?

Are you new to painting and don’t know where to start? Perhaps you want to try a new medium? Or maybe you are interested in learning a new style? Should you have answered yes to any of these questions…

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