A Goldfinch Painting

I love goldfinches. There are so many here in Central London, you hear them singing from high above and watch them flying in groups from tree to tree. So pretty and such lovely singers too. If there’s a sweet song in the air and small birds perched on the tv aerials. you can bet they’re goldfinches.

goldfinch

This one is perched on a post checking out a feeder. He is painted in watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
goldfinch detail

Sheep with a crown – sold

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.

black-faced-sheep

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.

Pigeon Argument

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. :-)

argueing-pigeons

I loved the cross expression on his face! I think that’s called getting beak slapped.

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It’s a 16×12 inch painting in ink and watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.

Longstockings – Whippet Sketch

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. :-) 

Whippet DrawingThis is drawn on 40 x 40 cm Fabriano Pittura paper using ink, watercolour and pastel.

On The Sofa – A Whippet Painting

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. :-)
On The SofaThere’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!

On The SofaHe’s a 16×16 inch painting in acrylics on Cornwall paper, painted using a brush, a knife and paint pens.