Kangaroo with Watercolour Tubes

My old drawing from 2013

I painted this guy in response to a drawing I was super proud of at the time, I even contacted the photographer who snapped the reference photo, to show them like some toddler and hmm … they never got back to me.

Oh dear, I guess they weren’t impressed, and I never drew another kangaroo, how laughably tragic. Anyway, this painting is okay, nothing special, but with a bit of a twist, I switched from pans to watercolour tubes and I love the rich colours! I didn’t overwork the eyes as I thought they were simple and beautiful.

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!