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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been working on this painting for a while. This is Tara, a snow leopard. I met her a few years ago at Santago Leopard Project, a truly beautiful cat and a privilege to see her so close. Those eyes are just amazing!
She’s painted in oils on canvas board.
Fabulous Mr Fox, walking through the city streets. We get quite a few foxes here in London. I see them late at night walking the streets or exploring the back gardens. It’s amazing to see them so close. He’s painted in watercolour and watercolour pastels on paper. The pastels allow thick colour and texture over the watercolour washes.
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.
A hare sitting in the grass. Hares are a favourite subject of mine and I do love the colours in this boy. And those eyelashes! They have the most beautiful eyes! He is painted in watercolour on Fabriano paper.
Ring-tailed lemurs are very distinctive with their amazing black and white stripped tails and their beautiful eyes. They don’t use these amazing tails to grip the trees like their primate cousins do. They have a smellier role to play in lemur life. Lemurs use scent to mark their territories and during the mating season the males use scent to establish their dominance over other males. They do this by rubbing their tails with the secretions from their scent glands in their wrists and then waving them in the air in an attempt to out stink each other. The smelliest lemur wins! :-)
This is a 40 x 30 cm acrylic painting on Cornwall paper, partly painted in a watercolour style and partly with thicker paint and a knife, giving a mix of texture.
Ring-tailed Lemurs are beautiful and it would be a shame if we lost them. Sadly they are endangered because of a loss of their habitat. Hopefully breeding programs will help them survive.