Bronte- working cocker spaniel

I have been struggling for time to paint over the last few months. Instead of getting anything finished I seem to have about 20 half complete paintings on the go. Most of those are oil, so it’s all good to go slow I guess. I am near completion of my charity auction oil painting for oakhaven hospice 20×20, so I will post that very soon, I hope it’s a hit and raises lots of money, as usual I have painted a hare….I will pop up a sneak peak now 😉. But my post for today is to feature this beautiful working cocker spaniel ‘Bronte’ owned by my friends daughter. She is a real little charmer. I have painted her in my hand made watercolour paints, with the addition of some coloured pencil.

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‘Bronte’ working cocker spaniel 14×10” handmade watercolour and pencil on 140 lb coldpress

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Work in progress 20×20 oakhaven charity auction painting

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SAA magazine surprise

I am feeling so happy to have had one of my paintings featured in the recent SAA magazine. I was so thrilled as I was reading through, to suddenly turn the page and see my boxer painting looking right back at me.

SAA magazine watercolour boxer featured

SAA magazine watercolour boxer featured

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Feeling foxy

Here are a number of my latest creations, a bit of a fox theme going on 😀.

‘Dutiful’ watercolour on 12x9” 140lb coldpress

‘Dutiful’ watercolour on 12×9” 140lb coldpress

‘Proud’ watercolour 12x9” 140lb coldpress

‘Proud’ watercolour 12×9” 140lb coldpress

I have been experimenting with some different papers, and I must admit to a new favourite being suede mat board, I love the soft finish, and it is great to work on with pastel and coloured pencil, I did a few test pieces on the offcuts and decided that using fixative was a good idea. The velvet soft texture of the card is Gorgeous, and I think my iPad camera picked up the texture so you can see that it gives a great background.

‘Alert’ pastel and pencil on suede mat board 16.5”x11:5”

‘Alert’ pastel and pencil on suede mat board 16.5”x11:5”

‘Smile’pastel and coloured pencil on 16.5x11.5” suede mat board

‘Smile’pastel and coloured pencil on 16.5×11.5” suede mat board

The other new card I have been trying is pastelmat board by clairefontaine, again I am really impressed, it takes watercolour pencils really well, and handled the small amounts of water fine. The pads come in a selection of different colour choices, just hard to choose which one to go with. I now have two pads as the first time I purchased a small pad by accident, I thought it was sized in inches….it was centimetres!

‘Vision’ watercolour and pastel on 30x40cm pastel mat board 170lb

‘Vision’ watercolour and pastel on 30x40cm pastel mat board 170lb

My mixed media hare was a great play time experiment, originally he was a charcoal, I then decided to use oil on watercolour card, seems ok, and it’s great to have fun with products.

‘Harvest hare’ 18x24 cm pastel mat board clairefontaine. Pastel and coloured pencil

‘Harvest hare’ 18×24 cm pastel mat board clairefontaine. Pastel and coloured pencil

I am in the process of completing some oil paintings, they take me ages, so between them I grab out the other supplies, I hope to show you the oils as soon as possible, hopefully there will be some chance of painting during the Christmas holidays.

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Dog days, watercolour portraits

My handmade watercolours have been very busy over the last few months. I have been so pleased with the effects, what’s more the tiny bottle caps that I filled seem to last for ages, so I have not needed to embark on a second paint making session yet.

I had been asked if I could paint a couple of dog portraits, I am pleased to say that they are now finished, Rio the boxer is now with his mum and Jem will soon be with her mum and dad.

I had intended to do a work in progress, but forgot at the start of Rio, here are the ones I managed to photograph.

Handmade watercolours on 140 lb cold press 14x10"

Jem watercolour

Jem watercolour

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‘Bee busy’

Quite literally I have been busy! My gold hunter bee and gold leaf had proved to be quite popular at the Hampshire open studio, so last night I grabbed my hand made paints and spent all evening creating ‘bee busy’, finished off today with some gold leaf accent splatter. He is now framed and ready to go.🐝

'Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

‘Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

'Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

‘Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

'Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

‘Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

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All set up and ready to go

Hampshire open studio started today,  we are ready to welcome visitors, do pop along and take a look if you are in the area, venue 73 in the brochure. originals in watercolour and oil, some framed, others mounted. A selection of cards, professionally printed. Also prints available, I can offer requested prints from images on my blog…(if I still have them), please message me to check if available, then a two week wait is required for colour matching and printing.

Come and see the other items on offer, from fellow crafty friends, pottery, jewellery, textiles, photography and some gorgeous artisan soap….it’s lovely I have tried it❤️

'Ready brek' Watercolour 10x14" 140lb coldpress, image A4

‘Ready brek’ Watercolour 10×14″ 140lb coldpress, image A4

'Run, run, run' watercolour 10x14" 140lb coldpress image size A4

‘Run, run, run’ watercolour 10×14″ 140lb coldpress image size A4

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‘Hunting for gold’

I hope this painting will bring luck to some ones home, this little gold hunter…(liquid gold that is), actually was a lucky little bee, he became stuck in my home a few weeks ago, I happened to have my camera handy and grabbed the opportunity to capture a few photos, not the best, but good enough to paint from, after a little tweaking with the exposure 😀.

My busy bee was created with ink and my own handmade watercolour paints, then finished off with some gold leaf. They must bee 🐝 one of the cutest of the insect world.

'Hunting for gold' 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

‘Hunting for gold’ 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

'Hunting for gold' 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

‘Hunting for gold’ 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

'Hunting for gold' 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

‘Hunting for gold’ 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

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