Fabulous Mr Fox

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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.

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Racing Cheetah Watercolour Painting

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.

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It’s also a great reason to use some wonderful Autumn colours, golds, oranges and yellows with just a touch of teal.

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He is painted in watercolour on 16×12 inch Hahnemuehle Cornwall watercolour paper.

A Ring-tailed Lemur Painting – Sold

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!  :-) 


Ring-tailed Lemur

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.

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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.

Flying Beneath The Waves

Rocky the Rockhopper penguin diving beneath the waves. I adore penguins and for this painting I really wanted to get a feeling of the water itself, the space he’s flying through with such ease. When you watch penguins under water they move so amazingly well, like bird shaped torpedoes.

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Flying Beneath The Waves
16×12 inches acrylic on board
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So the idea started with trying to capture him ‘in flight’  under water. Once Rocky was painted I wanted to add some extra dimensions to the painting. I started by adding drops of acrylic paint to form bubbles. I let them set fully as nice distinct drops and then I added several layers of clear acrylic gels so that Rocky really appears to be under water.

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I also used some photo luminescent crystals in the paint so that Rocky would glow in the dark. As light levels fall they glow blue. It’s very hard to photograph though.

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I loved painting this one and I loved rocky so much I would happily have kept him. But he’s already gone to his new home.

Abstract Hare Print

A new hare limited edition print. I love hares and I wanted to capture that alert posture, when the hare pricks up his wonderful, huge ears and keeps an eye out for trouble. The sun is coming from behind him, it fills his fur with warm, golden light and throws his lilac shadow out in front of him.

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This new print is available here…

Nut Raider

This is a view I often get of the local nut thief! :-) The nuts are in a feeder on the window so when he swings from the feeder to eat the nuts through the wire I can study him from quite close up. Squirrels have amazing whiskers when you see them at close range, almost as good as hares.

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6×6 inch oil painting on board

Get him here if you’d like him or email me direct.