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Today has been one of those days, I set off with the full intention of getting going on a new painting .  I got the kids off to school and then headed up the hill on my normal walk. The spring sunshine was lovely and the hedgerows seemed alive with birds . I had plenty of ideas buzzing in my head along with the buzzing of Spring all around me.All was good with the world..... Passing my car on the way back home I noticed one of the tyre's was flat....so into town to check it out. They were very...

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I think the essence of all watercolour painting is how much water to use. Amazing effects can be created simply by adding the right amount of water. Soft fur, waves in the ocean , the light in the eye of a hare.  It is a magic process and one that takes a long time ( if ever ) to master. I love to work loosely wet in wet and leave a lot to the imagination, but by adding too much water the effect can be lost, don't add enough and it can look claggy. It's as much about knowing when...

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I think all artists are a bit like magpies with all the things we see .As I walk through life I am constantly looking whether it is on my morning walks or just doing the washing up, textures, patterns, views interest me and I store them away like a magpie for future reference.  The things I see then influence what I paint and I have to unload what i have seen and use it with paint. In this day and age I am lucky because I can take a phone with me on a walk and snap away any thing...

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I had no great life plan.I seem to have happened across most things by chance and have been very lucky in the process. I remember sitting on a Pembrokeshire beach around 10 years ago sketching and a lovely person asked if I was a professional artist ? I laughed out loud and joked "oh no I just do this for fun". But I was flattered that she even asked the question. I just carried on painting for many more years in snatched hours on holidays and at weekends. Children and work kept me very busy but I loved to paint.......

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I thought as today was a cold Saturday in February and I have spent all day painting I would show you the stages from beginning to end . I am no photographer but I have tried to show you the stages. Sometimes I get so engrossed that I forget to take pictures but I have tried my best. Firstly I sketch out the out line. I need a guide to hang the colour on and I need the proportions of the owl to be right then I feel comfortable to start. Next comes the eyes....always the eyes. I want the...

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