Meerkats and ‘Semple’ Lions

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I was commissioned a very small meerkat painting, and I painted a meerkat in the same pose on different papers, they both look quite different which is interesting. I also picked up Stuart Semples watercolour pan set - and WOW! They really are the colouriest colours!

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I was so used to fighting with the dusty pans of Winsor and Newton and resigned myself to using them but Stuart Semple’s watercolour set is almost jell like, really easy to work with and gives such juicy, vibrant colours. I painted these simple but bombastic lions in them. I love Semple’s ethics around selling art materials, his colours are so affordable, he aims to fight against art elitism, how could I not support that with my purchase?

Not sponsored – I just love them!

Relief Inks On Yupo

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I’ve longed and pined for a print press, I thought it was the only way I could make lovely work like my ‘Dutchess’ series prints again, wonderful horsies that seem to come so naturally even though it was my first ever experience of printmaking.

I wanted this feeling back so after much experimenting with oils and other inks on Yupo paper, I have a technique which mimics the look of those prints.

I used Indian inks and permanent pen to act as the ‘burr’ of my lovely doggo Nemo, drawn straight onto the yupo, I then slathered on relief inks and removed ink using rags and white spirit and dried the whole thing using a hair dryer.

It’s not the same thing I know, but I thought it was interesting to try out, I used white gouache to lighten a few areas, and I probably won’t do that again when I try this in future.

The Swift and the Fox

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I’m really pleased with how my swift came out, the drawing was so simple and I worried I wouldn’t be able to make it look interesting, but with the help of Brusho I much prefer the swift to my fox image. I think because the image of the fox was so much larger (320mm × 410mm), it makes you a little more cautious, which restricts how mad you want to go with the paint. The fox was also made with Brusho and watercolour on 100lb paper.

The Seagull and the Swallow

The struggle for good white ink continues, a toothpastey nightmare. On the Seagull I used Pebeo Colorex a French ink and for the swallow just Winsor & Newton white gouache, since my Dr. Ph. Martin’s ink dried up through neglect - and I found it difficult to swallow the price since it doesn’t seem to be very shelf stable.

The search for good white ink seems endless! These two birds in addition to sad white pigment were made from Brusho, watercolour and ink with a smidge of charcoal on the gull on 100lb Montval Canson watercolour paper.

March Magpies

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March was the month of the magpies according to my garden activity, so I painted a couple taking obvious liberties with colour and people eyes, the Brusho came out again! My favourite one is the bluey magpie as I messed with him the least and it’s just a really pretty image in person.