I’ve been learning how to do watercolour illustration and practising a more realistic, botanical technique. These two artworks are from some lessons I did and are just tutorial images. Creating these images has really got me into the technique and working with this medium, which is quite different from what I have done with gouache in the past. It takes quite a lot of control and very careful looking to see all the details that need to be painted but I’m really pleased with the images I’ve created. I still like my old style of painting but learning something new has been really fun and is inspiring me to develop my style into something new.
Inspiration comes from botanical artists and especially Anna Mason whose online lessons have helped me to get to know this kind of painting. Anna Mason’s work is very precise and shows beautifully the forms, patterns and textures of fruit, flowers and more. She has done a particularly stunning painting of an owl that I love. Rosie Sanders is another botanical artist that I love. She captures really deep colours and creates large compositions of flower heads and close ups that really celebrate the flowers she paints.
I’m hoping to continue working with watercolour now I have more of a grasp of it. There are so many techniques using this kind of paint and I’m inspired to try to mix up some of the more realistic techniques with a more loose and watery approach in some parts of the watercolour illustration. I think I’m going to need a lot of practice to loosen up now I’ve learnt this technique! It has helped me develop more patience when creating artworks, now I love spending time on my paintings and getting them to the finished standard.
I’ll be back later in the week with more artworks and watercolour illustration and details of my progression since starting to use watercolour.
I am an illustrator and artist based in Cheltenham. My most recent work is a painting of a door in the Cotswold village of Willersey. It’s a cute little village not far from Cheltenham where I work from. I love to paint quaint and pretty elements like this, they are just so beautiful to look at! If you want to see more have a look at my website: sarah-douglas.co.uk