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So I have been looking through older pieces of work.Some I still like and they sit well in my portfolio ,but watercolour is a fickle medium , it takes a long time to get right . The ones I like become firm favourites, and the techniques used are kept locked away in my mind of 'how to do a certain thing'.On the other hand other paintings are simple elusive, they happen just once and there is no way to replicate them. Finally my third group of paintings are ones I grow to dislike, or realise there is something wrong with them and...

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So yesterday I wrote a blog about my newest painting and today I thought I would share with you what happened this morning. Paintings evolve, and sometimes when I take a closer look in the morning I think I could , perhaps, improve on what I did. I am at heart an impatient soul, I want things done yesterday , I often say walk away from a painting or have a break or a cup of tea. I wish I were as good at taking my own advice as I am at giving it! Here I know I am lucky too,...

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Easing myself back to painting after a week's holiday i wanted to return to familiar territory. I love foxes, they have wonderful amber eyes and a rich colour to work with, I can have fun while trying to capture their essence in a painting. I started with a relatively easy sketch ,    Then I can begin on the eye, these profile poses are great as there is just one eye to concentrate on , I use a small good quality brush, and I treat the eye like a small painting in itself     Look very carefully and see...

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So on a wet and windy day in gloomy February I have decided to return to a subject I have painted many , many times before. Hares. I love the intelligence in their eyes and the power in their bodies.We are lucky enough to see them from time to time, but when we do it is always a glimpse before they rush back into the the landscape from where they came. Firstly I find a photo to use and sketch out the body, I use masking fluid to mark out the whiskers     Then I concentrate on the head,...

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Today in Mid Devon we woke up to  snow , my 10 meter commute to the studio in my garden was a little scary ,     but once safe inside I decided to paint a woodpecker in flight. A woodpecker visits regularly and they are always a joy to watch, there are many paintings ( mine included) of them on trees, this time I wanted to capture one on the move.   So a sketch of the subject , making sure I had the wing right. I want to convey movement but I don't want too much of a blur.   ...

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