Some Recent Brooches

Three new brooches I’ve just finished. I’ve been making these for 3 or 4 months now. I usually post them on facebook but I thought it was time to put them on the web site! So these latest three are a Doberman, a Golden Oriole and a Red Cardinal.

dog brooch doberman no1-3 golden oriole brooch no1 red cardinal brooch no1

The Doberman and the Golden Oriole are commissions, the Red Cardinal will be for sale. I don’t have them anywhere on the web site yet, if you’d like one you’ll have to email me or contact me on facebook or twitter. I will get them up soon I promise. :-)

Shadow Hare On Handmade Paper

Exciting! I’ve just finished my first watercolour painting on my new Two Rivers paper. It’s handmade artists rag paper, it’s a heavy weight and has a random surface texture and four deckle edges, love those deckle edges.

shadow hare

I love painting hares so what better subject to use on this gorgeous paper? This hare pricks up his ears and twitches those lovely whiskers, he’s keeping an eye out for trouble. The sun streams past and throws his soft lilac shadow in front of him. He is painted in watercolour and acrylic inks.

A Little Ewe In Watercolour

little ewe watercolour painting

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.

Harlequin Macaw In Watercolour

 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!

Here is the painting underway at the show.
macaw painting demo in Camden Stables MarketHere is the finished painting. He’s paintied in watercolour on 20×14 inch Fabriano paper.

Harlequin Macaw parrot watercolour paintingAnd a close up of his face.

Harlequin Macaw detail

Metallic Parrot Painting

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!

parrot no1

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.

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Flying Crow On Red

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.

wings of ice -crow painting

This is a 16×12 inch painting on canvas using acrylics, acrylic inks and oil pastels. Here’s a detail of his wing.

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