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Oh my goodness, it feels like it will never stop raining here in Devon, the skies are dark , the wind and rain are lashing down on my little studio. The countdown to Christmas is getting smaller and the big day looms large on the horizon. I am sure lots of you have so much to do, plans for family and friends, shopping to do, or presents to wrap. I have spent more than my fair share of time at my local post office sending off orders that may be destined for people's stockings, and for those orders I am eternally...

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Mid December, I expect you are all very busy thinking about Christmas, I have been rushing around getting things off to the post office , posting off orders for people and finishing off commissions. In this damp weather, it doesn't feel very Christmassy and this afternoon it felt like a time to hunker down and paint a hedgehog, maybe if you have time , a few hours painting might be just the job.   Firstly I drew my little hedgehog   Then I added whiskers with masking fluid and a paper clip,      Next I start on the eye. ...

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A shorter blog this week, I thought you might like to see ( again) how I go about painting eyes, and in particular the eye of an eagle owl. Just one eye, but there is so much to see, and the eyes give the creature it's life , it's personality even ! I love to paint them, and you might like to have a go too. Firstly I draw the owl, paying attention to the eye.     Then I paint the lightest colours first. When I first began watercolours I might have used masking fluid, but these days I...

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Well finally here in Devon it appears to have stopped raining. The trees have lost their leaves and winter is knocking on the door, I have nearly been in my little studio shed for a year now, and it truly is a haven for me. A place to shut out the world and do what I like most.     In this blog O thought I would share my steps in making a wintry badger watercolour, he sort of evolved from the paper , out of my splishy splashy watercolourness. Firstly I sketched him out Next I used some masking fluid...

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Lets face it, we all need a bit of magic from time to time, and for me watercolours enables me to have a go at creating some.Watching the paint flow, and merge creating  magical patterns is a joy. Sometimes I wish I could just capture my mixing tray, as the paint looks amazing mixing with water and doing it's own thing.  As an artist I see my job as shepherding the paint, and bending it to my will, while still giving it it's freedom to roam, and believe me it isn't easy ....be gentle on yourself, have a go, enjoy the process...

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