I painted this with the most dog-eared old decorating brush, great for trees and foliage.

To get the desired brush raggediness (is that a word?), I trim them mercilessly!

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I thought you'd like to have a look at some free time-lapse videos of me at work. I often recommend working quickly but this is taking it to extremes!

This video went to Hell in a handcart!

But as I rescued this bit I thought I'd share it with you. Don't you just love technology?

These little videos show you lots of techniques

which are handy to know about and great fun.

Learning the tricks of the trade means you'll have a satisfying painting session time after time.

Rules are made to be broken but there are a few that I tend to stick to with watercolour - 

Start with light colours and end with darks.

Use the biggest brush you can for whatever stage you're painting.

Don't correct too much.

Use a big palette.

Have two big water pots if you're

painting inside.

Limit the colours in your palette for each painting.

Take time to really look at your subject.

Squint so you see the shapes, light and shade etc. and not the detail.

Don't be a slave to the reference matter. Interpret it your way.

If you've painted a bird and the viewer thinks it's a banana, agree!

It's only a piece of paper!

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The sun was out and all was quiet, so I thought I'd do a demo of a quick outdoor sketch.

On queue the air filled with the noise of lawnmowers, drills and hammering!

Also, I realised when I was done, that the sketchbook was too small in the frame really, on account of the camera dangling

off the step ladder. My choice was

to give up or let you have this for

free! Slick - moi?