How to Paint Loose Trees with Brusho

Welcome to Brusho! Join me as I explore and begin to explore how to paint with Brusho brilliant crystals to create magical effects in your landscapes – and learn to loosen up your watercolor paintings!  I was recently given a set of Brusho crystals and couldn’t wait to give them a try. I discovered quickly…

Quick and Easy Fun Butterflies

Let’s have fun and paint some really loose, splashy butterflies which would make a perfect birthday card or little gift.  In half an hour you can have a finished painting. Let’s get started! To follow my tutorial for this painting you need to watch two videos, and I have linked to them below. The first…

Painting with Daniel Smith Primatek Colors

This mystical painting is quick and easy to do with the help of DANIEL SMITH Primatek colors. But if you don’t have them, I suggest alternative colors below. The first full moon of each year, occurring in January, is traditionally known as the WOLF MOON. Reasons for this include the fact that in the US…

How to Paint a Loose Rooster

I have a detailed real-time tutorial using Viviva paints and Bockingford paper for you on YouTube here: This Rooster is painted in a loose style using wet-in-wet technique and minimal detail, with a strong abstract background. I used a No. 7 round and a No. 14 round brush, and a set of Viviva colors on…

Paint a Loose Rose Bouquet

Join me as I select my special new palette for florals in 2022 and paint a beautiful rose bouquet ideal for Valentines Day. First of all a word or two about the colors I have chosen for the new Spring 2022 palette for florals. Here is a list of the actual colors and comments about…

Paint Christmas Greenery and Berries in Loose Watercolor

I use a scalpel, cotton buds and two colors to create this stunning loose watercolor painting of seasonal festive greenery for your Christmas decor. Discover my tips and tricks for creating quick and easy striking decor for your home. Join me now! Quick Easy Ivy Leaf Tutorial in Real Time  Try some of my methods…

Scandi Xmas Cards to Paint in Watercolor

As they often say, less is more. This pared-down, Scandinavian style watercolor Christmas card of a Robin, and a second quick one of a Christmas tree, are ideal for those who like a neutral, linear and simple decor in their life. I painted the Robin in only four colors, Burnt Sienna, Sepia Brown, Vermillion Red…

Bokeh Made Easy – Create Stunning Backgrounds for Birds

On trend at the moment, Bokeh is a fascinating technique for making effective backgrounds for all sorts of subjects. Once you’ve given it a try chances are you’ll be addicted to it, and will find yourself adding Bokeh to just about everything you paint! “Bokeh” is a Japanese word which means “out of focus” or…

Barn Owl and Snowy Winter Scene

Here’s a a little landscape that will delight you if you are a fan of snowy winter landscapes! I decided to paint a barn owl floating over the snow in the half light, with a log cabin snug and warm among the snow covered fir trees. It would make a nice Christmas card or gift….

Happy Halloween Jack o’Lantern Painting!

Happy Halloween Jack o’Lantern Painting! Here is a last minute quick and easy painting for halloween using Arches paper and bright watercolor paints. We grew a wonderful crop of bright orange pumpkins this year, from seeds we had saved from last year’s harvest. We had them stacked up outside the studio for a while, but…

Watercolor Butterflies in Loose Style

When we ask ourselves why butterflies are so loved by everyone, the answer is easy. According to my nature encyclopaedia, butterflies are some of the least destructive and most beautiful of insects. For the artist, they are a limitless source of inspiration and fascination, as we explore their infinite shapes and mixtures of colors. As…

How to Paint a Moose in Watercolor in a Fall setting

Here’s a wonderful idea for a Christmas card or even a little gift for a nature lover – especially those hard to buy for people in our lives, otherwise known as men! – who have absolutely everything they could need. Reminiscent of the mood written by Thoreau in On Walden Pond, this nature image is…

Free-Form Watercolor Autumn Flowers, Seeds and Berries

Today I’m exploring painting Free-Form Watercolor Autumn Flowers, Seeds and Berries in a loose, semi-abstract way to capture the atmosphere of fall. Autumn is the season which brings not only mists and mellow fruitfulness, but also a lot of mixed feelings for many of us. By October, summer has faded and is turning into winter…

How to Paint Watercolor Mushrooms in a Woodland Setting

This beautiful mushroom painting is beginner-friendly, and easy to make bigger or smaller depending on whether you want a painting or a greetings card! It might look a little complicated but I show you how to draw a mushroom and then we will work through the painting step by step to make the whole thing…

Autumn Lakeside Landscape for Fall

Capturing the dramatic colors of fall in watercolor is a challenge and often watercolor paintings become cluttered and lose focus because we try to incorporate too much color, too many trees, just too much. So this is a way of depicting a single tree beside a lake, conveying the atmosphere of autumn without too much…

Chickadees and Pumpkins – in the mood for fall

Chickadees and Pumpkins – in the mood for fall! Today we are going to paint birds, leaves, seeds and pumpkins! Let’s choose a subtle palette and get started! If you would like the sketch for this painting you can download it free of charge here: I decided I wanted a slightly more muted palette for…

Paint Whimsical Red Squirrels with me

A quick walk around the meadow this afternoon brought forth a small haul of mushrooms, nuts and berries, enough to turn my thoughts to squirrelly ones. So as well as squirrelling away blackberries and hazelnuts, we thought a couple of hungry little Squirrel Nutkin characters would be just right for Whimsical Watercolor Wednesday! These little…