Pelican Paintings

Its been a slow week of progress but I did manage to get painterly with some pelicans. Im not terribly pleased with them, I have too many colours going on and the choice of palette isnt terribly focused. 

I feel the drawing underneath is always much more interesting than the finished watercolour, and through the layers of paint I lose that detail which is horribly frustrating.

The Making of the Masking Tape Hare


I thought Id show you the more interesting stages of a luminous masking tape beastie, using masking tape I secure rolled up tubes to a carrier bag base until I have a rough skeleton, then the cutting and shaping of hundreds of sticky tubes takes place. I always think a work in progress is much more interesting half way finished than the final version especially in sculpture.


Pacific Octopus


It’s been a while since tentacles have made an appearance, plus it’s been far too cute on here recently so I decided to paint a pacific octopus. Using watercolour, ink and white pen I found a lovely giant Pacific octopus by photographer Lyrinda Snyderman.

One of the many continuous-line drawings I do before I start a painting.

I know this is a bit late in the day, but I actually tried out the advice that water colourists all over the internet had been screaming this whole time — wet your paper before you paint! I was sceptic that this would make any difference but through a few experiments, wetting your paper and allowing it to dry before applying paint meant no paper buckling, which is fantastic, no more weird looking bent up paintings, hoorah!