Saturday, November 1, 2014

How to Paint a Bushbaby in Watercolour - Tutorial




Bushbabies are a treat to draw, but also really great to paint. This tutorial is a follow up to: How to Draw a Bush Baby In Oil Pastel.

How to Paint the Bushbaby:

  1. Print the template from the downloads section as use it as a reference. 
  2. Let your student to draw lightly from observation using pencil on watercolour paper. 
  3. Paint the fur with thin and confident brushstrokes in the direction of flow. Do not paint the white areas. 
  4. Let each section dry after painting. Try and paint sections that are far from each other to prevent bleeding paint.
  5. Once dry, paint another layer of brushstrokes over the fur. Use a different brown or the same, the watercolour creates a beautiful effect for layering, but this only works if wet paint is painted over dry paint. 
  6. Lastly, paint the tree and the night sky.





Bon weekend! xo Q.

Fine Art Sketchbook Look










Here's a look at my sketchbook for my Fine Arts course, just to see where some of my work came from. I wrote down a lot of notes during tutor meetings. x. Quaymberley


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Studio Tour - Part 2






These works are all still in progress and I add a little bit more every time I work in the studio. It's the most fun I've had preparing for a Fine Art Exam. I'm undecided if the paintings should be part of the wall installation or if they should be presented in another space.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oil Painting Tutorial: A Bowl of Fruit

This can be a tricky lesson. I think it's better one-on-one and the most students I would have are three at a time because it gets messy and noisy! This lesson is all about composition, a restriced pallete and working with still life.

First, have a look at the oil painting supply list before you begin and make sure you have all these items. Clear a workspace and make sure there is proper ventilation because there are very strong fumes.

You will need:

  • canvas or canvas paper (of course stretched canvas is the best for oils)
  • oil paints: cadmium red, lemon yellow, prussian blue, white
  • rag and a smock
  • turpentine or Sansodor
  • oil painting bristle brushes


Arrange fruit in a plate or bowl and place it on a cloth and a high surface that everyone can see. This is where I like to talk about composition and the rule of thirds.


Using pencil on the canvas, draw the grid of 3-by-3 and make sure to center the fruit on the 4 corners of the middle square.

Squeeze out only red, yellow and blue onto the palette. Any other colours should be mixed from these three as done in the previous lesson.

Add linseed oil to each mixture (to slow down drying and extend the pigment). Paint only with thin layers- this prevents the paint from cracking when it dries. You don't want cracking!


White is not always the best way to lighten a colour, for instance, adding white to red makes it pink. Try and add a little bit of yellow to red.

Assess the relationships of colour an tone once the first coat has been applied. At this point, it is fine to still see pencil markings, it means the paint layer is quite thin.



Have fun and goodluck! Xo. Q.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Studio Tour - Part 1





Here are some snaps of what my studio looks like. I have taken over a few walls and the more I paint, the more the work changes and so does the space. The strangest part is that these walls will be painted white at the end of the year and that is always in my mind while I'm painting. I can capture the space with photographs, but it is nothing like being in the room.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 Paintings for Fine Art















Here are a few of my favorite paintings that I this year as part of my Fine Art course. There are quite a range of styles and themes. I can see a clear break of style when I changed tutors, and I have had three tutors so far! It is interesting to see what different tutors bring out in me. I began with very delicate watercolour paintings and then moved onto large-scale acrylic.

Quaymberley