Waste Not Want Not

Working as a freelance artist every little helps and so I have managed to not waste a single scrap of my A3+ sized archival Epson printing paper. At £35 a pack of 20 sheets you can see why. I use this paper exclusively to print my archival animal watercolours. For the last 5 years since I’ve been a self-employed artist selling on Etsy.com I’ve used … Continue reading Waste Not Want Not

Painting Birds in Watercolour

If you love animals and work in watercolour no doubt you will probably have tried painting birds. The endless array of species of beautiful birds will keep us painting for  a lifetime and watercolour lends itself perfectly to capture the feather colours and textures with ease. You can use flowing wet into wet techniques in the early stages of painting birds; adding darker colours to … Continue reading Painting Birds in Watercolour

Painting Dogs in Watercolour

Just lately I have been commissioned to paint a Chihuahua and an Alsatian (German Shepherd) in watercolour. I am a professional artist based in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK and take dog portrait commissions. If you would like more details please contact me – Alison Fennell – via my email – eastwitching@hotmail.com Prices start at £75 plus p&p for an original dog portrait at size 8×10 inches. … Continue reading Painting Dogs in Watercolour

Easy Like Sunday Morning…Not

It is only 10.30am and I have surpassed myself! Been up since about 5am doing lots of bits and bobs that needed doing like:- 1 Making new trace down graphite sheets for my students 2. Trying out new positions for me super duper studio light 3.Digging out huge old whiteboard ready to get my life into some semblance of order by writing everything down! 4 … Continue reading Easy Like Sunday Morning…Not

Tonal Studies – Not for the Faint-hearted!

Well we all love colour and detail and texture in paintings but that is all just decoration and frippery compared to the big boys of painting – the tonal masses! DEFINITION of a TONE (or VALUE as they say in the USA) : A tone is the relative lightness or darkness of an object irrespective of its actual colour. If you, at the outset of … Continue reading Tonal Studies – Not for the Faint-hearted!

Treat yourself to some art supplies!

Why not!? It’s an investment in yourself to get some new gear and supplies now and then. As I am teaching a lot now I have a perfect reason to go paint and equipment shopping! Top of my list this month was to treat myself to 2 brand spanking new Frank Webb watercolour palettes. My fist one bought 20 years ago is still in use … Continue reading Treat yourself to some art supplies!

On the Beach – final steps and finish in pastel

Following on from my start of a pastel beach scene yesterday I couldn’t wait to get at it again this morning:) Here is the earlier post if you want to see it all – https://eastwitching.com/2013/04/27/on-the-beach-pastel-step-by-step/ Here are the next steps I took above. At this point I feel I should stop. You can go on and on with a painting. Here if I continue I am … Continue reading On the Beach – final steps and finish in pastel

Art Demo – white chicken in watercolour

Finally! Walked dog, done washing, cleaned kitchen and had lunch. What a marathon. Now I can sit down to paint. Here is my earlier post about a white chicken’s head that I painted in watercolour. https://eastwitching.com/2013/02/16/i-will-paint-a-white-chicken-if-it-kills-me/ Today I am starting afresh with a new chicken and am going to have a bash at painting her. I am pleased with the drawing which took me ages … Continue reading Art Demo – white chicken in watercolour

Art Demo – Painting a Young Stag in Watercolour Part 2 & Final

Now I have established a basic foundation of raw sienna and burnt sienna washes with some cool greys, blues and greens for contrast I am going to focus on getting those eyes. Click on the image to bring it up nice and big and you can see the stages it took to complete the eye. To complete the face I continued with darkening colours and … Continue reading Art Demo – Painting a Young Stag in Watercolour Part 2 & Final