Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves - student project

This is my first attempt at painting Eucalyptus leaves following Cheryl's masterclass:) I absolutely loved this class Cheryl! your step by step demonstrations in real time filled me with confidence to give this painting a go.

I painted this piece over several days, taking one lesson at the time, watching first and then again while painting along.

These are the materials I used:

Watercolour Paper: Saunders Waterford High White - Hot Pressed - 140lb

Paints: Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours

Brushes: Rosemary & Co - Red Sable Blend - Series 402 - Designers (4 and 6)

Rosemary & Co - Golden Synthetics - Series 307 - Spotter - (000)


I find it useful to take photographs of the progress for future reference.

Highlights and applying greens...

Eucalyptus leaves - image 1 - student project


...building colour and texture...

Eucalyptus leaves - image 2 - student project


Final painting

Eucalyptus leaves - image 3 - student project

 Eucalyptus leaves - image 4 - student project


I have learnt so much from each lesson. I can see that when building colour I should have used more watery mixes as there is perhaps too much pigment obscuring the natural watercolour transparency. I also found the stem and edges challenging in creating a more organic outline and also texture, so lots of brushstroke practice needed.

Although this is a very humble attempt at this style of botanical painting, the very clear instruction and demonstration allowed me to paint a piece I am overall happy with. And more importantly, it's given me structure and techniques to build up my confidence in developing my watercolour botanical painting. Thank you so much Cheryl for this fantastic masterclass!

Looking forward to more classes like this! I have seen lots of beautiful Autumn leaves on your Instagram feed and realising that leaves are deceptively tricky subjects, those would be great class suggestions? Also love holly and all sorts of berries, mistletoe, wildflowers, sweetpeas...list is never ending!:)


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