Small original paintings finished for tiger yard pop up shop

Today was my dead line for finishing some small watercolour paintings for tiger yard pop up shop. All are now framed and will be joining some prints I had done of previous paintings.

The mini paintings are all 12cmx14cm, double mounted , and all priced up ready to go. Tiger yard is a great idea, making use of unused shop space, with the run up to Christmas this really helps the local community, opportunities to buy hand made items, which the high street rarely offers. All proceeds raised go back into the community, so everybody wins 😀

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‘Hop it’ 12cmx14cm watercolour

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‘Hound of love’ 12cmx14cm watercolour

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‘One of the family’12cmx14cm watercolour

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‘first date’12cmx14cm watercolour

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‘Diva’12cmx14cm watercolour

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‘Sympathy’12cmx14cm watercolour

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Repetition- butterfly box and bee keeping with a difference.

The last few days I have stepped away from painting, I hadn’t felt on top form, but still wanted to do something creative. I started creating another butterfly box, similar to the one I created for my brother last year. This one is much smaller, you would think this would be easier, but how wrong, it was fiddly placing easy butterfly, but I did it, hopefully all stay put in place? I popped in a gold one as a bit of interest, and called it ‘ odd one out’.

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‘Odd one out’ butterfly box 25x25cm ( it was hard to take a straight photo, while avoiding flare on the glass)

This got me thinking, there are so many of these butterfly boxes on the market, what else could I do? I had the gold leaf out on my desk, which made me think of items related to gold…..HONEY, liquid gold! I love bees, the perfect alternative to the butterfly box. To work I went, busy, busy, many bees are needed to make honey. I also added a gold bee, and called this one ‘ making gold’ .

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‘Making gold’ bee box 25cmx25cm

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My favourite things

Two of my favourite subjects to paint, hares and horses ( in case you didn’t know) here are two of my most recent paintings.
‘Roger’is a beautiful cob, sadly no longer here, but I was asked to paint him by a good friend of mine, I would love to have met Roger, he looks like the sweetest gentle giant, I only had a few photos to work from, so I hope I captured his character.
‘Sollie’ is a hare painted from a reference photo from Danny Brannigan from the Facebook group ‘ photos for artists. Do check out the group for some great reference photos.

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‘Roger’ 10×7″ watercolour 140 lb coldpress

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‘Sollie’ watercolour A4 140 lb coldpress

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‘Babble’hound watercolour in stages

I finished ‘babble’ today, and for the first time I remembered to take photos at a few stages during the painting process. The drag hunting season has started here in the UK, the sight and sound of the hunt across the countryside is so iconically  british. The traditions of yesteryear continue with a laid scent, since the ban on fox hunting…..

….The foxes can breath with a sigh of relief.

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‘Babble’ watercolour 9×12″140lb coldpress 4th stage finished

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Catching up with a few people, in an arty way

I have been a little lost with painting lately, I keep starting, but then set pieces aside unfinished. Unsure of where I want them to go, or getting bored and wishing to move onto the next? Or is it because I have so many ideas, I just want to do them all before I forget? I have no idea, probably a combination of the above. Well this weekend I set to a catch up of these strangers lost in the bottom drawer. They are all painted using reference photos from Sktchy app, completed with a combination of ink and watercolour. I feel relieved that they are now complete, out of the drawer, and filed.

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‘I see you ‘ Sktchy app reference photo A4 hotpress 140lb line and wash, watercolour

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‘One man and his dog’ Sktchy app reference photo 10×7″ hotpress 140 lb ink and wash watercolour

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‘Fairness’ sktchy app reference photo, 9×12″ coldpress ink and watercolour with twinkling h2o’s mica paint

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‘Man’ Sktchy app reference photo’ A4 hotpress 140 lb ink and wash watercolour

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‘blINK and shine’ Sktchy app reference photo, 7×10″ cold-press 140 lb ink watercolour and gold acrylic

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‘Summer days’ Sktchy app reference photo 10×7″ coldpress 140 lb ink and wash watercolour

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‘Dessie’ watercolour horse

Today I finished ‘Dessie’ a very sweet cob that is sadly no longer around. He is greatly missed by his owner. I was asked to paint him for a friend to be mounted onto a card, to be given as a gift. A wonderful memory of this gentle boy, who has been a pleasure to paint. I hope she likes it?

This is Dessie, I never had the chance to meet him , but hopefully I have caught some of his character in my watercolour painting. 10×7″ (mounted onto birthday card A4) 140lb coldpress watercolour paper.

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‘Dessie’ watercolour cob 10×7″ 140 lb coldpress mounted onto birthday card

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Happy birthday Sam. Watercolour pony card. Tucson

Today we wished a very important lady a ‘happy birthday’Sam lives at the yard where my ponies are kept. At the yard is a very old pony, who is very special to us all, and to so many people in years gone by. Tucson has to be pushing 40 years of age, and is super cute. He adores Sam as much as she adores him.  I decided to paint our cute yard mascot to make into a birthday card. You can beat the old ponies, I bet he has many tales to tell.

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‘Tucson’ watercolour pony on 140 lb cold press 10×7″

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