Painting Dogs in Watercolour – Great Dane Tutorial

Original Watercolour Great Dane - 9x11 inches

Original Watercolour Great Dane – 9×11 inches

Just recently I was asked to paint a Great Dane. I love dogs but find capturing a likeness in watercolour very hard.

Anyway I did the drawing and set about painting this gorgeous dog.

I used several washes , allowing each one to dry before I added the next in order to build the form of the face.

This Great Dane has lovely interesting black spots and patches but I only added them as soft blurs in the early stages and made harder edges at the end. That way I developed a depth to the painting.

Painting dogs makes you really study the shadows and markings and I used complementary colours on the colour wheel in order to create shadows that would turn the 2D images into a 3D watercolour.

If you’d like to try this watercolour dog tutorial then please do.

COPYRIGHT! – please note that while this watercolour tutorial can be used for your own learning you do not then have the right to sell this image as the copyright is mine. Thank you.

This tutorial is offered for purely educational purposes.

I used the following materials:-

1 Arches hot pressed 90lb 100% cotton rag paper – stretched on a quarter inch plywood board
2 Winsor & Newton artists’ quality tube watercolours in Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber and Rose Madder Genuine

Please click on each image to bring it up nice and big!

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To see my available watercolour dog paintings and prints please visit my online gallery here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/eastwitching/search?search_query=dogs&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Happy painting

Knock on Wood – original woodpecker painting

Original Watercolour Woodpecker painting 8x10 inches "Wise Woody

Original Watercolour Woodpecker painting 8×10 inches “Wise Woody

I loved painting this original woodpecker in watercolour!

He has fabulous feathers and colourings and his pose was so paintable.

I used Arches hot pressed 100% cotton rag paper and took it slowly; building washes one at a time. He was overlaid about 3 times and I only added the final details and accents right at the end.

Woodpeckers are such dapper birds!

For the bird lover this original painting would be a lovely gift or addition to your gallery at home.

 

I can paint any animal for you!

I can paint any animal you wish so please email me at eastwitching@hotmail.com

For a random animal (not a portrait with a pet’s likeness) I charge $75 plus shipping and for actual pet portraits with a true likeness my rate is $115 plus shipping.

 

To visit my online art gallery click here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/eastwitching

Thanks for looking – Alison

Original Watercolours for Sale

Prefer the real thing to a print? Then I have another original watercolour for you today!

Here is another of my original watercolours. They are all watercolours and one of a kind.

Next up is this colourful and vibrant watercolour crab – a fun accent piece for the nautical bathroom perhaps?

Treat yourself to an original piece of art for your home:)

Original Watercolour Crab - 7x10 inches

Original Watercolour Crab – 7×10 inches

Original Watercolours for Sale

Here are a few of my original unframed paintings for sale. They are all watercolours and one of a kind.

 

Treat yourself to an original piece of art for your home:)

This bright ladybird would be fab for a child’s nursery and she is called “Scarlet Showgirl”

Original Watercolour Ladybird - 7x10 inches

Original Watercolour Ladybird – 7×10 inches

 

Black Friday to Cyber Monday FREE shipping on all animal art prints from www.eastwitching.etsy.com !

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Save a tonne on shipping this weekend!

I am offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING – order now in time for Xmas:)

Get the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life!

Pick from a huge range of adorable animal art prints:)

For the bird-lover choose from a gorgeous collection of prints - all under £15!

For the bird-lover choose from a gorgeous collection of prints – all under £15!

Select from collections including NAUTICAL - for the beach lover

Select from collections including NAUTICAL – for the beach lover

Also check out my animal lover idea boards on PINTEREST below

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Animal Lover Gifts UK

STUMPED for GIFT IDEAS?

For a truly unique and perfect gift for the animal lover in your life how about a vibrant ready to frame watercolour animal print?!

Perfect animal lover gifts - ready to frame watercolour prints!

Perfect animal lover gifts – ready to frame watercolour prints!

READY to FRAME

My animal art prints are all ready to slip into any pre-made frame that you can get for around £10 in Sainsbury’s, Tescos or any department store.

All of my animal prints are ready to frame - no need to go to a framer - just buy any premade 8x10 inch frame - sorted!

All of my animal prints are ready to frame – no need to go to a framer – just buy any premade 8×10 inch frame – sorted!

All UNDER £15

Choose from a huge range of every kind of animal of animal for your nature loving friend of relative. My prints are made one at a time by me and are on Epson archival paper using Epson archival inks that will last for years!

Select from collections including NAUTICAL - for the beach lover

Select from collections including NAUTICAL – for the beach lover

HUGE RANGE of ANIMALS

I have birds, safari animals, foxes, British wildlife as well as more exotic creatures!

For the bird-lover choose from a gorgeous collection of prints - all under £15!

For the bird-lover choose from a gorgeous collection of prints – all under £15!

SHOP NOW! –

Buy your animal lover gifts now by visiting my online gallery – CLICK HERE

I ship worldwide from Wales, UK  in under 3 days – so plenty of time for Christmas!

Perfect fox lover gift - 8x10 inch ready to frame print

Perfect fox lover gift – 8×10 inch ready to frame print

Painting Beetroots as a still life in gouache

For a bit of fun I decided that I would have a go at painting a bunch of beetroots in gouache – in an illustrative, quirky style.

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I drew the beets right onto the stretched watercolor paper freehand without too much detail.

Then I painted in the beetroots using purple reds.

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GOUACHE WINS –

over watercolour in that you can add light hues over darks.

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This is a real joy to me and so I revelled in adding paler whitish purples on top of the deep ones – FUN!

After I had finished the leaves I left it for a day or two.

ORANGE!!

I kept getting orange red coming into my head whenever I thought about the painting – especially when out walking the dog.

So I bit the bullet and blocked in a very orange red colour – adding splashes of water and of white to break the solidity up a bit.

I hope you like the result!

BUY THE ORIGINAL?

To purchase this original painting click here –  https://folksy.com/items/6560287-Beetroot-Painting-original-still-life-kitchen-art-vegetables