Nestling



Personally, I have always loved penguins.  Christmas and birthdays, I used to receive an array of gifts from penguin slippers to jumpers and games, fabulous!  Their family life is fascinating – the females leave the nestlings with Dad while they go in search of food and how they manage to find their family upon return, hidden amongst the thousands of other penguins, is amazing.

Imagine my delight when a friend, who recently retuned from a trip to Antartica, presented me with a memory stick full of penguin images.  Aside from the instant oohs and aaaghs of the sweet images, I wondered if I could try and capture the images on paper in watercolour.

So here we are, my first baby penguin painting, I’m sure there will be more to come.   Often I am asked how long it takes me to produce a watercolour painting.  The most important thing is the thought process and planning behind a painting, together with understanding how to achieve a result.  These “furry” effects have been achieved by years of learning the behaviour of watercolour and painting daily.    I did do one preparatory small watercolour sketch to gather my ideas, and then I just “went for it!” 🙂

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Polar Eyes

When we are visually bombarded on social media, it’s often easy to glance over posts and not really take in the detail.  However, recently I was completely stopped in my tracks with a video on Facebook of a polar bear, starving and struggling to find food where the ice had melted.  It was a stark…

Symbolising Strength

  “Gladioli” Symbolising Strength Occasionally I am asked for donations of my art for charitable causes.   Families I know directly and also other people from further afield are currently in situations where it’s seems that one day you can be without a care in world and the next day your world can crumble around…

Silent Killer

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…

Got yourself a convoy

  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…

Above the Parapet

“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…

Dizzy

  Dizzy Dalmatian Private commission I was recently asked to paint a commission for someone who had sadly recently lost her Dalmatian dog, Dizzy. The owners of the pups from Dizzy have clearly formed a great friendship.  They have all joined together to buy a portrait commission to present to their friend to try and…

The Queens Club, Aegon Championship 2017

  A few weeks ago, The Queens Club contacted me and asked whether I would be able to paint a very large tennis mural on the walls within the members enclosure for the Aegon Championship. Time was an issue for me.  The only time that I had available to go to London and paint on…

My Cinderella

  “Artist in Residence at the National Schools Regatta 2016 and 2017. What an inspirational event!   In 2016, I painted four paintings from photographs as prizes for events. In 2017 I was there to demonstrate what I can offer in the way of commissions, capturing a moment on paper, be it a portrait or…

The Crew

  I can’t wait to go to the National Schools regatta next weekend.  I took this picture last year at the event at Eton Dornay and I just wanted to write here on my blog to explain my inspiration for this piece. This pile of trainers might look simply like a bunch of trainers discarded…