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

Knock on Wood – original woodpecker painting

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 … Continue reading Knock on Wood – original woodpecker painting

Gouache Pheasant Head Study

I’m using gouache to do a head study of a pheasant as I have been commissioned to paint a very big one (A3) in watercolour. I took about 45 mins to paint this one (the drawing took 20 mins) and it has helped me to really identify and isolate colours so that I am ready to tackle it in watercolour. I wet the whole pheasant … Continue reading Gouache Pheasant Head Study

4 of the Nest – Songbird Art Collection – New For Spring

I had painted these little birds a year or two ago. For this Spring I have resized them so that they sit harmoniously together as a whimsical set of 4. We have a cheeky Robin, a tiny Wren, a debonair Blue Tit and a cagey Kingfisher. All well-loved British birds. To go to my gallery to browse other sets click  HERE. But there’s MORE! Question:- … Continue reading 4 of the Nest – Songbird Art Collection – New For Spring