It’s Spring, the season of love. With his long lashes and big whiskers this cheeky hare won’t be on his own for long. He has his eye on on the ladies.
It’s Spring, the season for hares in love. This lovely lady is Ostara and she’s on the look out for romance. I’m sure she has her eye on a lovely lad.
A pretty little ewe, I think she is a Masham. She has such a cute black and white face and black knees, (which you can’t see in the painting). I painted her with with reds and purples in the darks and blues in the whites. It contrasts with her fleece, full of golds and yellows.
She’s painted in watercolour on 12×9 inch Fabriano Artistico rough watercolour paper, with watercolour pastels. I love the texture in this paper.
Another gloriously colourful parrot. Painting him has really cheered me up on a grey, gloomy day. Such beautiful birds. He is a 10×8 inch watercolour painting.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be in the Artfinder Popup exhibition at The Foundry in Camden Stables Market. It was a lovely show and I met some lovely folks. During the show I did a painting demo and, continuing my parrot obsession, the piece I wanted to paint was a Harlequin Macaw. I just adore their fabulous colours!
I recently finished a very unusual parrot painting. It’s not the composition that’s unusual but my idea to use the same materials on the painting as I do on the brooches. He looks quite amazing although it’s hard to capture as the surface changes as you move him. The paint has an enamelled/metallic finish and it moves quite actively once you apply it so you can never be sure how the piece will turn out. I love the uniqueness of it and the way the colours spread into and around each other. I just had to do a larger piece!
And here are some details photos of the finish. I painted him on Lanavanguard, an unusual and innovative artists paper. It’s non absorbent, the paint sits on the surface rather than sinking into the fibres, and it seemed perfect for this technique, the paint won’t affect the paper.
Another flying crow painting. It was a hot, sunny day and the crows were looking for food on the beach. The air is the hot and as the crow flies down through the thermals his wings create cooler swirls of air behind him, marking his flight.
This is a 16×12 inch painting on canvas using acrylics, acrylic inks and oil pastels. Here’s a detail of his wing.
Just finished a new boxing hare pair. Just need to find it a title. This is an 18×14 inch watercolour on Saunders paper with a bit of watercolour pastels.
A pair of boxing hares leaping through the grass. A real sign that spring is on it’s way. Hare courtship involves boxing, and is usually reluctant females fending off amorous males. In this painting she’s giving him a smack in the eye to cool his ardour.
Recently I’ve started making brooches. I’ve been posting them on my facebook page, but I thought it was about time I posted a couple of them here on the blog.
It’s a bit of a departure for me but I wanted to experiment with some interesting colour effects on a small canvas. So I made myself some animal and bird shapes to work on. I was so pleased with they way they turned out I made them into brooches. I like the idea of wearable art. :-) This once I’ve just finished is a parrot. There are lots of blues and golds in him.
And here is a close up…