Black Faced Sheep are a common breed in the UK and they are very fine looking sheep. I wanted to capture her dark face with lots of deep reds and purples and contrast it with her fleece, full of golds and yellows.
The fleece on her neck was thick and with the light behind her it looked like a crown of fire on top of her head. Painted on 18×14 inch Fabriano Artistico rough watercolour paper, I love the texture in this paper.
This is my boy Harry showing off his fabulous whiskers. He’s such a handsome boy! I love his profile and those amazing yellow eyes but I wanted to capture his whiskers, so I went for this rather unusual angle. I love the colour, he always looks good in red.
I saw these two pigeons in the park while I was feeding the robins. They were having an argument and one pigeon effectively punched the other with his beak! I guess it’s the only way to get your point across forcefully if you’re a pigeon. :-)
It’s a 16×12 inch painting in ink and watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
A robin portrait in watercolour. He is a regular visitor in the gardens here and has just had a nest full of fledglings. Such a lovely sound, all those baby robins singing in the hedge. He and the wife have been coming for food to help feed the family and I’ve been able to watch them close up. A real privilege.
Some little sketches of Blue tits. they come most days to the feeder on the window. These two sat in the tree ouside and seemed very fluffy. I think they must be new fledglings.
This is a watercolour sketch os a Waldrapp Ibis. Amazing looking birds.
I love his hat. :-)
I’ve been drawing a whippet. I love this pose and I’m thinking of painting it so I wanted to try it out as a drawing first. Which isn’t something I do very often. But I really wanted to sketch him. I love those long legs. He makes me think of Pippi Longstocking. :-)This is drawn on 40 x 40 cm Fabriano Pittura paper using ink, watercolour and pastel.
I’ve been playing with ideas for a flying pigeon painting and enjoying the process of sketching him. The first sketch I wanted to try the shapes he makes in the air.
The second sketch I wanted to have some fun with washes of colour.
A new painting, this is the lovely Stanley. Doesn’t he look like an elegant dog? Especially the way he’s sitting with his paws crossed. But how do you paint a grey dog on a grey sofa? With colour of course. :-)
There’s a warmth in his coat and a lovely soft light coming from the side, so I wanted to play with that theme. I started with warm colours for the underpainting and then added soft lilacs and blues for the final layers. The result is a painting that glows when the light is warm and sunny. It does make it quite hard to photograph though!