Emerging Seahorse

During this painting I realised that perhaps flicking spots of paint about isn't as interesting as I thought it was, it just makes the painting look a mess, a mess you can't easily mop up. I wanted the sea horse to unveil through a tangle of reeds but I got a bit scared and started flicking paint around instead of creating some considered shapes. I'll get there eventually.

This painting was made in watercolour, ink, and white pen.

Messy Siberian Tiger

I experimented with carbon transfer paper for this piece. Slipping carbon paper under the original hand-drawn image, then redrawing over the image is so much easier as it leaves a bold copy of the drawing behind on the watercolour paper. Also carbon doesn’t dissolve away when water is added, so no need for ink! This image was brought to you by that wonderful carbon paper, watercolour, white pen and ink.

Wrinkled Toucan

Initial painting which in hindsight I was happy with.

Here's a quick painting that I've been agonising over. I replaced the flamboyancy in my initial painting and used Indian and white ink to strip it out entirely. I'm not sure which outcome I prefer, I think I liked my warm inviting toucan painting but succumbed to frustration from staring at it for too long, getting sick of it then throwing ink at it in retaliation. It rarely works out 

The final outcome, a result of frustration.