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It has been a while since I wrote a blog , I have been busy finishing some commissions and taking parcels to the post office.I have been encouraged by the lovely comments made you have given me on my  recent bird paintings that I thought that you might like to see one taking shape.  I love to paint birds , blue tits, robins and wrens are among some of my favourites , so it seems nice to be able to pop them together on one piece of paper. I like to position them so they look natural and have a relationship to one...

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It is that time of year....nights are drawing in and Bonfire night has come and gone. It feels like a time to batten down the hatches and cosy up inside, but when we do venture outside there is so much to see. I think robins especially catch our eye in what can be a grey landscape, that flash of colour in winter is so welcome. So when yesterday on Facebook James showed me pictures he had taken of a very curious little robin I knew I wanted to paint him. I thought this little watercolour may evolve as I worked...

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I think my style has changed subtly over time , I want to find ways to describe things that use watercolour to it's best advantage, Watercolour is the only medium I have ever seriously used and I love the way it can move and create patterns on the paper. I feel I need a lifetime to begin to tame it and stretch my ability as far as I can.  This time I am trying to paint a badger, using looser strokes , and lots of water. First I sketch out the image and make sure the major parts are in...

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It has been a while since I painted any elephants, and they don't always go the way I plan.One painting went so wrong last week that it ended up in our log burner! But not to be defeated , I decided to give it another go. I have an old school friend who takes wonderful photos and this is one of her's from a few years ago at Whipsnade zoo. I  printed it out and I sketched the elephants, a mother and her calf . I have painted this photo , or a very similar one before, but I really wanted to paint...

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Today is Friday and on Fridays I allow myself to paint whatever I like. I have long been mesmerised by the sea, but not by my paintings of it!  When I visit galleries I see amazing seascapes by accomplished artists  We have even bought some that especially capture our hearts , they give us joy hanging in our home and seeing them every day. I began to feel I that the sea was simply a subject that eluded me. However, a year or so ago sitting on the beach I did paint a piece I was happy ( ish ) with...

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