Conkertastic Big Shiny Conker botanical watercolour tutorial

October Tutorial

Lots of textures and techniques combine in the first masterclass tutorial to hit the Squirrel online school. Conkers are a great seasonal subject for autumn, and in their casing, create a fabulous subject to inject challenge and an interesting study to keep us occupied on cooler days.

Hunting these prickly customer out during a lovely weekend visit to my parents in my hometown near London, this conker study was painted using the live subject. The Horse Chestnut trees near the cricket green have been there for a very long time, and as a child, I used to climb right into them at autumn time to get the very best conkers. It’s always lovely to capture favourite memories through the subjects I choose to paint, and I hope you enjoy this one too.