Sunday, 8 October 2017

Silent Killer

"Barn Owl in Flight"
Work in Progress
Watercolour on paper

A while ago I watched a television programme that filmed a selection of birds flying from one post to another and scientists measured the level of noise they make during flight.   At one end of the scale, the wood pigeon was quite funny with the loud flapping and energetic noisy wing movements.  On the other end of the scale was the barn owl whose noise was barely able to be registered.  The barn owl, in this instance, was referred to as the "Silent Killer".

Although this is not the nicest title, it is what I was thinking of when painting this  watercolour wash.  It is my most current piece on my easel at the moment and I have stopped to take stock - as it stands now, it is just a whisper and I like is sort of implying "quiet" and may just be the essence of the barn owl's flight.

I will be adding more detail - just not quite sure how much yet!

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

You got yourself a convoy

partridge art watercolour painting

Partridge Stance
Watercolour on paper
Upon delivering a collection of paintings to Chargot Estate, Exmoor, last week, I was transfixed by the beautiful French partridge.  Busy little birds, they tend to stay in groups (a covey) and  as I found out they are quite tricky to photograph.
There were lots around however, whenever I tried to get a photo, they turned their back on me and walked away.  With patience and a long lens, I managed to take a few photos and I admit I am totally transfixed by their beautiful colours and markings. So here is my painting created from my images to celebrate their beauty – a study of the various stances of the partridge.
On leaving Chargot, it was a different matter!  Despite their early apparent shyness around the camera, they are more than happy to form a convoy in front of a moving car at 2mph!   Maybe escorting me off the premises….love them 🙂

Thursday, 24 August 2017

One Step Ahead

Badger Art painting watercolour

"One Step Ahead"
Watercolour on Paper
56cm x 37cm

Monday, 31 July 2017

Above the Parapet

Ostrich watercolour painting art

"Above the Parapet"
Watercolour on paper

A surprise parcel arrived from a lovely friend - a "Daniel Smith" tube of watercolour paint in a beautiful subtle green.

It would be naturally tempting to paint a landscape with a green paint, but I decided to try something different and in a moment of pure joy, this ostrich appeared with a magical blending of pigments.
And that, I believe is the beauty of watercolour.  It is when the painting seems to paint itself and quite often the phrase "less is more" springs to mind.  This painting was created reactively.  Whilst I sort of led the process, at times the paint mingled and moved on the paper in a way that I just watched it with joy - effects appearing as the washes were drying.

I love this Daniel Smith pigment painted on my favourite Saunders Waterford paper and I think my next piece using it will again "not be a landscape".  More importantly though, I must thank my friend for her kindness in sending me this gift and it reminds me that constantly experimenting and trying new things is one of the most fulfilling and exciting parts of creation.

And every now and then, don't forget to put your head above the parapet :-)

Have fun with your painting

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Too cool for cats

"Dilly and Jovi"
Original Watercolour
40cm x 30cm
Private commission

So pleased to introduce "Dilly" and "Jovi", a commission of two gorgeous cats that made me smile every time I picked up the brush :-)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017