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.

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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Preparing for Hampshire open studio

I have been busy painting and getting a few prints done. Our Hampshire open studio begins this Saturday 19th August and runs through to Monday 28th August. I was chuffed to bits when I received the brochure as they had chosen one of my paintings to feature on the back page 😀.

I will have some original oil paintings for sale, some original watercolours, a number of mounted prints, plus a selection of greetings cards. Here are some of my recent paintings.

'Ralphy sandstream just a breeze' watercolour and pastel 30x40 cm 200lb coldpress

‘Ralphy sandstream just a breeze’ watercolour and pastel 30×40 cm 200lb coldpress

'Oh my' watercolour and pastel, 140 lb cold press A4 image on 12x9"

‘Oh my’ watercolour and pastel, 140 lb cold press A4 image on 12×9″

'Look' watercolour and pastel 7x10" 140lb coldpress

‘Look’ watercolour and pastel 7×10″ 140lb coldpress

'Sid' watercolour and pastel 7x10" 140lb coldpress

‘Sid’ watercolour and pastel 7×10″ 140lb coldpress

'Sitting waiting' watercolour and pastel 7x10" 140lb coldpress

‘Sitting waiting’ watercolour and pastel 7×10″ 140lb coldpress

'Colour me beautiful' watercolour hand made paint 10x14" 140 lb coldpress

‘Colour me beautiful’ watercolour hand made paint 10×14″ 140 lb coldpress

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Watercolour and glitter…bling!

Fancy adding some bling to a watercolour? Glitter crazy bling. A fun technique, let yourself free, add as much colour as you like, flick the paint like you don’t care, then as if that fun wasn’t enough out with the glitter. Just too much fun ……oh but did I mention the cleaning up? Well that glitter hangs around for weeks, oh I wish I had a studio, my poor living room took a beating for this…worth it I think. 😀

'Wild fields' watercolour and glitter 20x16" 140lb coldpress mounted and framed...a bit of wild bling

‘Wild fields’ watercolour and glitter 20×16″ 140lb coldpress mounted and framed…a bit of wild bling

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