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Having fun on canvas

I’ve been wanting to paint pigeons for ages. Why? The moment people describe them as rats with wings, I start seeing the beautiful colours and iridescent feathers. The canvas is 30×100 and prepped with watercolour ground. A light sketch, is the first step and then I painted the birds with Indian ink. I used salt …

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Two tawny owls in ink and watercolour

Tawnies are lovely to paint – it’s all about those eyes! So, when I was asked to paint a pair on canvas to go live in a barn conversion, I jumped at the chance. Having discussed it with their soon-to-be owner we agreed on ink and watercolour on canvas in a subdued palette. Here’s how …

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Top tips for painting loose in watercolour

Sorry it’s been quiet. Having the children around does not make for having a clear head to get painting. However, I have been busy planning my new weekly classes (which start tomorrow – very exciting) and thought I would put together some top tips (using *top* in a very broad way) for loosening up in …

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