White Tailed Deer

The paper I used to paint this white tailed deer had a little suprise pressed into it — a bug!

I didn’t want to waste the paper so this work is extra unique with its own little insect fossil on the far left side of the paper.

This piece was painted primarily with brusho pigment, I find brusho gives an intense colour which doesn’t fade as much as watercolour.

I used masking fluid to cover areas of the deers face to leave little white spots, and I used white pen for the odd whisker and hair.

I used a lot of orange watercolour (I couldn’t help myself) on an otherwise predominantly brown but gorgeous deer, white tailed deer are found throughout North and South America.


With their dark eye brows and vocal cackling these guys are my favourite coastal bird. I call them the penguins of the skies as they fly exactly the way a penguin swims underwater — stiff wing movement, which is great fun to watch!

I’ve used a fair bit of masking fluid to preserve the white of the paper to form the distinct white feathers.

I’ve used brusho pigment ink and watercolour to produce these paintings with white pigment.

Fighting Fish

Unfortunately sometimes I order watercolour paper and it comes through the post a bit bent up, so my answer to this is to splice up the creased up paper into strips where only small critters like these fish can fit — a happy ending!

These fighting fish were created using Indian ink, brusho pigment, white pen and watercolour.

Maned Wolf

I decided to try out a lighter weight paper 200gsm to practice on rather than the usual 300gsm, and surprisingly the paper buckling which I expected to be more dramatic — isn’t! I threw a lot of water at this piece but the paper stays relatively flat thankfully.

I love the colour orange so this omnivorous, leggy beast was perfect subject matter for me to paint, he has flecks of white ink in his ears and salt ground into his coat for texture. Maned wolves are found in South America and despite its name is neither a fox nor wolf.

Fuzzy Bats


Contrasting past and present bat paintings this week to gauge how my technique has changed. The biggest change I’ve made is that I no longer apply strong colours straight to the paper — which was a huge mistake, my past ‘technique’ was more reliant on luck rather than observation.