Part One. ( Showing you things that seem obvious but took me ages to work out) A Simple wave
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by Rachel TOLL
5d ago
 As it rains again, so the ground is that's already wet gets wetter, I am sitting in my studio contemplating my next painting We walked by the river yesterday in full flow  we also saw the beauty of nature, some amazing fungi little daffodils, poking up through the soil , bravely showing us brighter days are ahead. I thought about what to put in my blog this week and, I thought I would start a small series of blogs about some very simple techniques. They took me a while to work out but  made life much simpler for me as a watercolorist. I must admit most things seem complicated ..read more
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Experimenting to create a whimsical landscape
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by Rachel TOLL
1w ago
Anyone else fed up of this dreary weather, it's warm here for February but still very grey and wet . I try to get out when I can, here the river was in full flow My cat isn't too impressed and is spending very unproductive days in her favorite spot   We have just had Valentines Day, so many people excited and happy to share a day with a loved one, others sad as they remember love they have lost. Supermarkets selling red roses and heart shaped chocolates, I was fascinated to hear St. Valentine was also a saint of bee keepers , so obviously he was a good man I spent most of yesterday in ..read more
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Bee-volution
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by Rachel TOLL
2w ago
Busy days here at Watercolours by Rachel,  I have been trying to get my head around work that needs doing and new challenges that need facing, I need to get back into my painting let my work flow from the brushes and I can often do this by painting things that I love. Things that usually ( I stress usually ) work well. So although it is mid winter I couldn't resist a bee, and that got me thinking how my bees have evolved. My first bees appeared in 2015, as you can see they were small and not as detailed , the wings were just a dry brush stroke of Cerulean blue, but I like my little b ..read more
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Rooster
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by Rachel TOLL
3w ago
Phew, I can't quite believe that we've made it to the end of January, but here we are at the beginning of February. And I thought I might start the month with some bright colours. Outside my studio, the sun is shining. It's cold, but the blue sky always cheers me up. My snowdrops are booming And some cyclamen are doing their thing   I even saw some primroses yesterday, real sign that Spring is on its way. Here in Devon we are famous for our  hedgerows and at this time of year, they begin to fill up with wild flowers. If you look back through some of my blogs, you'll be able to see ..read more
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A winter landscape
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by Rachel TOLL
1M ago
Hello again, so we have got through another week. I hope you survived this week's storms , not really what we needed on top of everything else around at the moment. Still trying to enjoy things day to day , been walking and watching the birds in the feeder , the other day the long tailed tits were having a right old feast... Then after a dreary day the world can still surprise you with a lovely sky just before sunset. I just think we need to take whatever we can just now that makes us happy. I must admit I sometimes can't think what to show you in my blog, I don't want to bore you ..read more
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Wishing for warmer days
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by Rachel TOLL
1M ago
Hi , I am sitting in my warm studio, log fire burning, looking out on a cold frozen January scene. I know I should be admiring winter's cold beauty , the bare beautiful trees and the glistening frost,     but today I am wishing for warmer days, and summer sunshine,.. I am trying to get out, wrapped up against the cold, enjoying watching robins hop around my bird feeders. I have really enjoyed the return of winter watch on BBC TV, seeing the creatures battle against the elements . the amazing barn owl hunt silently for it's prey . I have been on my winter walks   However I am ..read more
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A Watercolour Retrospective , it's good to look back as well as forward
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by Rachel TOLL
1M ago
Hi, to all of you and a Happy New Year. I hope Christmas and New Year were what you hoped they'd be, I know it can be stressful, or disappointing. I know it can stir up memories of happier times or loved ones no longer with us. Some people are grappling with illness or caring responsibilities, dreading the future and what it may hold. I send you all my very best wishes, my mantra through tricky times has always been ' one step at a time' , and eventually you are on the other side of whatever is so daunting ahead. Nothing is ever as frightening as our imaginations create it to be, and no one li ..read more
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Playing around with Indigo
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by Rachel TOLL
2M ago
We are in that strange time between Christmas and New Year . A time when no-one knows what day it is and when you sneak a mince pie for breakfast, why ? Because you  can.  I have turned the rest of my turkey into a curry, we have ham and Christmas pudding for lunch ( not on the same plate) and outside here in Devon it is very blustery and wet. Christmas cuppa's are essential  I found this quote on Facebook and thought this is wonderful, it gives me a new perspective on this time of year   “I love this time – the in-between time, the time after all the gatherings and light ..read more
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A Christmas Snowman
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by Rachel TOLL
2M ago
  I first wrote this blog in the midst of the pandemic, just as we were heading into another lockdown, and things felt very tricky. The world has inevitably moved on, but many of us are still facing difficult times, and the news at home and abroad isn't great.  All that said we still hang onto the things that make us happy, I visited some Stately Homes at the weekend owned by the national trust, I love seeing them dressed for Christmas and this was Killerton   We all wish for the perfect Christmas, but as long as we do what is right for us, either big family gatherin ..read more
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A candle for Christmas
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by Rachel TOLL
2M ago
 A candle for Christmas. The days seem very short, and it is dark so early at this time of year in the UK. A candle seems an appropriate painting as we approach the shortest day. With everything that's going on at home and abroad, people without homes, without safety and perhaps even without hope. I , like so many of us feel sad, and wonder what can be the best way to help. My ethos is to help where I can, donate to those charities working to support people in crisis, and then look after my own mental health, perhaps to go for a walk,    Or meet friends for a coffee   Howe ..read more
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