How to Paint Strawberries – A Watercolour Demo

About John Fisher

a0670d7477384f19f14704ce9eb33ce3.122.124I was born and educated in England, graduating from the Luton School of Arts (now Barnfield College) in 1945. It was my hope to become a graphic artist, but at the end of the Second World War returning service men and women had first crack at the few jobs available, and rightly so. I took a number of jobs while I tried to break into my chosen field, and ended up being a reluctant carpenter. Many years passed and I emigrated to Canada in 1952, married a Canadian woman, started a family, and in 1955 finally started on a career which took in graphic arts, owner of my own graphics arts company, art director at an advertising agency, and careers in marketing, advertising and public relations.

I wish I could claim that my passion for art burned brightly throughout those years, but alas, the need to make a living took prominence. As with many people, I always promised myself that when I retired I would get back to painting again. That time came in 1989, when my wife and I were living the winter months in our condo in Destin, Florida. Robert Long, a talented watercolour artist, was offering private lessons from his nearby condo. He was my mentor, and made my retirement years infinitely richer.

In those days Robert taught only technique, and there were rarely more than four to six of us in those early classes. From Robert I regained my interest in photography as an adjunct to painting, and as the cliche goes – I never looked back. I have had many paintings accepted and hung in exhibitions in Florida and Ontario, where I now live. I’ve won some prizes, come first in some exhibitions, and occasionally won the Citizens’ Choice awards. But I mainly paint for fun – hence the choice of name for this site.

To learn more about John and to view more of his work, please follow the link below:


Strawberries – a watercolour demo


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This still life with strawberries and fruit in bowls will be one of the projects for the 2012/13 season of the Testa Heights Art Club, in Uxbridge, Ontario. Our members are all seniors who have progressed to Intermediate watercolour painters after two years of instruction in a number of techniques. None of them had any experience of drawing or painting, and have produced a wide variety of paintings from still life, portraiture to landscapes. Image size 10 1/2″ x 14″ on 300 lb. Arches cold pressed paper using Winsor & Newton Artist Quality colours.

Credit for this beautiful still life must go to C O’Flanagan, posted on Paint My Photo (PMP), January 23, 2012, and used with his kind permission.

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