I’ve done a few of these modern, semi abstract portraits this year and really wanted to do one of Harry for me. So here he is, sitting on red cushions, staring out of the window, in the sun, day dreaming. I wanted it to be full of glorious colour to set off his beautiful coat. He’s a beautiful boy, he may be black but he is full of colour too.
I’ve finished him just in time because today is National Black Cat Day and we’re celebrating everything that’s wonderful about black cats. Black cats are so often overlooked in rescue centres. Maybe because people don’t think black is a beautiful colour, I hope this painting shows just how wrong they are! This happens to black dogs too by the way.
Harry himself was rescued from the snow one winter and we have never regretted inviting him into our lives.
A little Blue Tit sitting on a branch in the tree outside my window. there are so many Blue Tits and Great Tits around at the moment. Filling up on the berries of Autumn.
He is painted in watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
Another lovely surprise this week. Eframe have used my painting ‘On The Sofa’ as their Framed Art of the Week. Thank you eframe, for a wonderful article.
The rose mount and teak frame they picked as a framing idea for the painting looks lovely against the colours in ‘On The Sofa’. This is turning into quite a week for the dogs.
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I love trying to capture movement. This time I wanted to explore a cat in motion and what better cat than a cheetah with their amazing 70 mph sprints? I wanted him to feel like he’s moving so fast that the brush can’t keep up with him and the paint smears behind him.
He is painted in watercolour on 16×12 inch Hahnemuehle Cornwall watercolour paper.
Another of my pigeons in flight series. This is ‘Whoosh’, a pigeon flying past my window. I like the speed and control he has over the wind and the thermals.
He is painted in watercolour on 16×12 inch Lana paper. Lana Vanguard paper from France is a synthetic paper designed for artists. It’s a bright white, very smooth surface and non-absorbant, so the watercolour sits on top. With no loss of paint into the surface the colours of the watercolour remain brilliant, they don’t fade as they dry, wonderful for colour lovers. You also get unusual effects in the paint as it drys.
A little blue hen. I hope to do a series of different chicken characters. They have such wonderful faces and are such fiesty birds. She is painted on Fabriano paper in watercolour.
This is an Indian Runner Duck doing what comes naturally. They are unusual ducks, they stand very upright and they don’t waddle along like other ducks, they’re in much more of a hurry and they run. She’s painted in watercolour.