Tissue Issues


I’m falling into a paralysing anti posting person, as I feel I have to impress people who come to my site … which is sad as this website is my warts and all journal to track my progress. I’ve semi gotten over it so here we are, three fails for us all to learn from. Tissue paper is featured heavily, I love the texture and the weird things it does when adhering it to watercolour paper using Bindex and I wanted to see which areas it worked best in.

I found a face full of tissue can be gross, I often start ripping away at the paper as sometimes the tissue gets cloggy and makes the colours look pebbledashy which doesn’t look nice. Also I’ve been really throwing around the masking fluid, and it doesn’t look good applied in small areas, I think it may look better used extremely finely or in large areas, like my fox!


Rabbit Bust


I really love rabbits and hares and I think I want to focus more on painting them. I relate to their flighty, gentle nature which is why I think I’m more drawn to them.

Technically as a drawing I don’t think I’ve nailed it as a composition, and unfortunately my camera has failed to capture the warm colours after over a hundred pictures, eh — technology! But the colours are really lovely in person (you’ll just have to take my word for it).

I painted this 14 × 10" rabbit bust in mainly just watercolour with a sprinkling of Brusho here and there with of course the Indian ink and white pen additions.


Horrible Hedgehogs


I don’t think hedgehogs are horrible! I just don’t like how these paintings came out. I reluctantly post them as my one disappointment in the whole art blog/website sphere is that there’s never any middle ground, or examples of the stepping stones it took to eventually make great art.

Not here —  I don’t have that filter. I’ll embarrass myself as much as possible to show the true side of art, that it is hard and you’re going to make mistakes over and over.

So these hedgehogs I made using my trusty Brusho pigment and watercolours.

One thing I really did like was how the Indian ink has that crackly puddle effect when I added too much water. I’m going to do more of that!

Hedgehog in Progress

This young British hedgehog I am painting in contrast to a hedgehog I created in the past.

I painted the old hedgehog in 2013/14 for a online magazine which looked promising at the time, but sadly didn’t take off.

It makes me laugh how much more ill considered my work was, what’s with all the black dots and weird bars?

Anyway, my recent attempt says goodbye to eccentric colours in favour of a more natural hedgehog colouration. I am using Brusho and watercolour to create my softer, snufflier hedgehog, I shall post him again when he is complete!

Barn Owl 2017

This A3 owl was created on Vidalon Canson watercolour paper which has sadly been discontinued - I’ve finally found a paper I love … then they cancel the line. Such is life!

I wasn’t too happy with the water buckling you can make out on the right hand side, I think it’s best to stick with glued pads if like me are too scared to tape the paper to a board and hope you can cut straight.

This barn owl was created with an old piece I sold a while back in mind. I wanted to recreate a flowery whimsical feel without directly painting flowers into the puddles of colour.

It looks like I’ve learned to stop the colour madness a bit earlier, though I was tempted to just keep applying more flecks and pools of watercolour I’m glad I stopped when I did. The colours I used were mainly Brusho pigment and watercolour, with white pen and Indian ink touches.