Pan Pastels – thin lines

On this new Pan pastel video I show you how to draw thin lines with Pan Pastels.

By using the correct solvent you can thin the pastel powder down like an ink and then apply with a fine brush.

It opens up a whole new range of possibilities with pan pastels.

Lots more videos on my YouTube channel

and my Patreon art channel

Wildlife Art Painting Video – Hippo Released Today!

Hi everyone, I have just released a brand new painting video – Hippo!

Full details on my site here


You can watch the preview on YouTube or below

New Snow Leopard Painting – for sale before Christmas!

Here is the latest on my easel, I thought you might be interested in seeing it develop.

Please note the ones I am showing on here at the moment are due to be for sale soon, so will be available for Christmas 🙂

This one is 10 x 10in


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Brand New Wolf Painting – on eBay SOON! (next few days)

On eBay auction NOW!

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wolf painting ebay


Here I am working on my brand new wolf painting, just the very 1st layers of detailing at the moment as you can see. I hope to have this wolf painting up for auction in the next few days, so keep tuned. More updates very soon.

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Tiger Painted in Moonlight 2

Here is another update, this time showing the blocking in of the nighttime colours (oil on canvas).


The photo below shows the blocking in of the Tiger. Notice that I haven’t painted any stripes yet.

Also most of the rear of the Tiger will be covered by grasses etc so I haven’t bothered to finish the tail.

Learning to match / paint a specific color

The one thing beginner and novice artists seem to have trouble with more than anything else is painting or matching a color they see. Whether the color is from a reference photo, or a scene you are looking at you will need to have a basic understanding of color and color mixing before you can even begin to get close to mixing it in paint.

Now although many books over complicate matters for the beginner, many others over simplify things too much by giving the beginner / novice artist paint mixes/recipes, for example they say things like – mix a certain amount of Ultra Marine Blue with a certain amount of Winsor yellow and you will get grass green. Now that may be true, for that particular type of grass, but what will the beginner / novice do when faced with a grass in a different light or any other subject that differs from the paint mix? Basically they are stuck.

By following paint mixes you are basically following a recipe, your doing a paint by numbers and NOT learning how to paint at all.

What you need to do to really LEARN to mix a required color is follow a series of simple logical steps, by asking yourself questions to evaluate the color you are seeing. In my latest ebook “oil painting made easy” I have covered lots of different aspects of color mixing – including learning to see color, lightening / darkening a color, greying a color etc etc etc but more importantly I show you step by step exactly the questions I ask myself when I am mixing a certain color, I show you my thought process. By learning this along with some color mixing basics you can then mix a color to match any subject nomatter where or what it is – you are REALLY learning to paint.

Below is a very brief example taken from my ebook “oil painting made easy” and although the ebook was written mainly with oil painters in mind MANY of the principles apply to all painting mediums – hope you find this example of use

Click the photos for larger views (images much larger in ebook)

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BRAND NEW EBOOK “Oil Painting Made Easy” – Available Now!

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Adding more details to the Lion Painting – Wildlife Art

I have been adding more details to the Lion painting, and also getting the colours more realistic. Now that is done I can begin to lay in the foreground grasses and also some thicker paint.

Lion painting – some things work, some don’t

I tried to paint in the tip of the lion’s tail, as per the burnt sienna underpainting, but as it was a dark tail, against a light green background it just stood out like a sore thumb! grabbing all the attention, so I just wiped it back off. It seemed like a good idea in principle, but you always have to be ready to make changes during a painting. 🙂

Lion Painting – wildlife art continued

I’ve started to add some more realism to the colours now, probably 2 to 3 more layers required to bring the current areas to completion. I can then start laying in the foreground grasses with thick paint. This should give it a nice 3d feel.

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Lion Painting (update)

Here’s the latest update of the big Lion painting. Still really at the blocking in stage, although I have spent a little more time on the Lion’s head than elsewhere.

This painting is for sale