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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Brown Horse

Brown Baron
10'x14''
Painted on 30/03/2017
Bought a new watercolor block of Saunders Waterford recently but the colors turn out a bit dull --may be something wrong with the batch. I was unhappy with the dull looking colors on this one so I tried to restore this painting using colored pencils.Thankfully the process worked, and it looks much more presentable now.I haven't used colored pencils much, but it seems that these can be combined with watercolor.I hope you like it too.
Have a great weekend.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Misty the Elephant

I have always loved this style of painting, it involves instinct rather than planning. Not much emphasis on correct drawing or proportions, it comes straight from the heart!Hope you like it too.
Misty
10''x14''
Painted on 17/03/2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scarlet Horse

'Scarlet'
12''x16''
Saunders Waterford paper
17/03/2017
I am still in love with this rich, deep scarlet by Daniel Smith.In painting this horse I have used this pigment to its full strength, actually went a little further than I had planned.I hope this doesn't come out as too strong...?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Purple King


Purple King
16''x12''
Painted on 11/03/2017
The base layer was painted very loose and wet.I let the colors have a free run, before going in with a fine brush to etch out the details.I hope it has turned out well!
Painted on Saunders Waterford Cold Pressed block.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Wren

Wallie the Wren
6''x'8''
Painted on 0/03/2017
It doesn't take me long to fall behind...my last post was more than two weeks ago.I have been painting regularly - did this little piece today after working for three days on a large commission involving a pair of lions.You know you love your art when you paint to take a break from painting!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zebra and the Donkey

Painted this cute donkey form an old picture that I took in a local farm.More use of my new deep scarlet , as you can see! It goes so well with the purple; doesn't it?

Donkey in a Barn 16''x12''
Painted on 17/02/2017

I do try to paint a zebra in black and white but it doesn't work and I always end up using a color.This time it was Deep Shadow Violet by Daniel Smith.I added Payne's Grey for darker areas.No black, after all.

Shadow Violet Zebra
12''x16''
Painted on 24/02/2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Purple Bunnies

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Two cute little guys I painted recently..I believe it was an excuse to work with my new Daniel Smith Deep Scarlet;  it it was combined with  Dioxazine Purple..Love this combination!


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Rooster_Wild One

I have been busy with a few commissions lately, and with some big exhibitions coming up, time is flying.This one is from last month, a wild rooster with bright red crown.Loving the use of large sweeping strokes to paint the tail, may be the reason for painting so many roosters.

Wild One
A4
Jan 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Alice

I am really into birds these days..especially roosters and hens.Working with some more salt texture in this one.Tails are much more fun, just load a large brush with dripping wet color and sweep across the paper!
Ms Alice
10''x14'' Saunders Waterford Paper
Painted on 01/02/2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Owl On Night Watch

This one was painted recently, an attempt to paint a subject complete with background..Usually I leave the background blank or with very minimal work. It was a toughie, painting dark around him and still keeping the edges soft but I enjoyed the job!


                                             Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper
                                                                       12''x16''
                                                          Painted on 19/01/2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

At Dusk_ Elephant

A new painting in watercolor.Looks like this guy is off to his resting place as the night descends.
I have tried a slightly different technique here,extending the colors to the background--usually I leave the background mostly white or dappled...Well, results could have been better but at least its a start!
''At Dusk''
12''x 9''
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper