wanting to start painting and drawing?

where do you start?

answer - RIGHT HERE!

I have started by putting a photograph on here and then showing the stages you need to do your own picture. I have included some helpful hints where possible. Don't worry too much at this stage about the materials - paper, pencil and a rubber and you are off!

Stage 1 photo of  Castle Gate








Castle Gate






stage 2 - using a HB pencil draw out roughly from the photo as below









now the next job is to apply a light water colour wash working from light to dark. That means putting your light washes in first i.e. I will start with the sky as I have identified it as one of the lightest area. 

Stage 3 the colour wash

this is a primary wash showing the light and tone of the picture, allowing now for the detail to be added. By using this wash we have created the atmosphere of a warm sunny day.





Stage 4

 slowly I am working on the shadow to make it stronger in the foreground and also gradually building on the tree areas.

next is to increase the tonal variation of the castle walls.






Stage 5

this is the finished sketch, trying to demonstrate light and tone.

Making a simple subject warm and interesting.











For further details on any of the courses phone Robin on 07753568641 or e mail robinthomasart@btinternet.com


The following classes are privately run and are for everyone from beginners to the more experienced, all will receive guidance and tuition at the highest level 





Ipplepen Village Hall   every Monday from 10 to 12pm 

mostly watercolours, some acrylics, tuition & demonstrations




Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot every Thursday from 9.30 to 12.30 

Oils, watercolours, acrylics and drawing . 

refreshments available at all the sessions


Looking for that special present

Then look no further than the

range of paintings available in my

various galleries below.

Like to buy or any querries dont

hesitate to contact me on


If not a picture, why not a series of painting or drawing

Just choose the class that will tick the boxes, and the number to sessions you wish to buy, then just send an e mail and I will return  a gift card



There is no previous experience in drawing

or painting required, the classes are open

to everyone, all are welcome!


































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