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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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Hazel Dormouse Photo

Surveying for Dormice

Yesterday we were really lucky to be invited along to watch trained and licensed volunteers surveying for Dormice in an Exmoor wood.  This all came about because I fancy painting a Dormouse.  So for a while…

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Robin photo for a PDF tutorial

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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Step by step tutorial on painting a peacock in watercolour

Using Watercolour to Paint Detail

Should you follow my work you will know I like using watercolour to paint realistic detail.  However, the traditional way of using watercolour is to apply it wet in wet in a very loose style.

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Gum tape for stretching watercolour paper

Stretching Watercolour Paper

There are so many different ways of stretching watercolour paper. You can simply wet the back of a sheet and gum tape it down to a board. Alternatively soak the paper in a tub for…

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Harvest Mouse in watercolour by Paul Hopkinson

Harvest Mouse – Micromys minutus

With the crops ripening around us the classic image of a Harvest Mouse – Micromys minutus, balancing on an ear of wheat comes to mind. At between 4 and 6g they have no difficulty sitting on the flimsiest…

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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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Watercolor painting of a British wren

All About the British Wren

The Eurasian Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes our popular British garden wren. This scientific name bears reference to their tendency to disappear into crevices and cavities in search of food or a suitable roosting spot. The Wren is…

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Watercolour painting of a Caracal kitten by Paul Hopkinson

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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Understanding watercolour painting jargon, photo of some watercolours

Understanding Watercolour Painting Jargon

We know that watercolour is a very popular medium. It is a simple concept to paint with coloured water. But it is also a medium which allows you to create intense colours and amazing transparencies. It can even…

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