Wee Paintings

I’ve been busy all summer doing everything but paint; so now I’m making up for it. I’ve started working on a series of wee paintings from photos I have been taking over the passed few months. All are for sale.

Glencoe Waterfall
Beach Walk





Pansies, gouache on watercolour paper, 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″), sold

These wee pansies were growing in a pot at Horatio’s Garden and I couldn’t resist them. They were a wonderful splash of colour just before everything else came to life this Spring.

New Website Design


I have always created my own websites, but the last one was a nightmare to edit and keep up to date. Now I have new software and I settled to work on something that is so much more manageable.

I’d appreciate any comments you have (especially if you find links that aren’t working), and let me know what you think.

You can visit it here at www.tracybutler.co.uk.

Bluebells at Culzean Castle painting 5

Bluebells at Culzean Castle, gouache and chalk pastel on watercolour paper

Finally, I added the bluebells with a mix of cobalt blue, white and purple.  I dulled down over zealous greens and yellows, and added final details to the tree trunks.

I use Chinese calligraphy paint brushes as well as western square tipped and pointed sables.  As I said before, when it comes to watercolour, for me, anything goes.

Culzean bluebells, work in progress 4

Culzean Bluebells, stage 4

I worked on the detail here, trying to bring light into the background through the trees as well as on the leaves of the tree on the left.  As I painted in all the foliage on the floor of the wood, I allowed the original purple that covers the paper to show through, especially on the bottom left – this helped me deepen the shadows.

Culzean bluebells, work in progress 3

Culzean Bluebells, stage 3

I love using blocks of colour, letting the types of brushes I am using dictate the shapes on the paper; I started to illustrate the trees this way and added more depth to both the foreground and background.



Bluebells at Culzean, work in progress 2


I used a variety of blues, yellows and browns, including Prussian and ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt sienna and burnt umber to mix my greens, while painting more detail into the background and introducing colour and light to the foreground.