One of the blogs I follow is Mighty Fine Art. Peter Williams, the artist whose blog it is, made a very kind offer on Boxing Day, that I -or anyone else- could use his photos as reference for their own paintings.
That is such a generous offer, I have taken him up on it - and am using one of his photos for my latest painting.
I have a great love of dogs, so the photo I'm using as a reference is one of Peter's own dog Murphy, on the snowy beach.
I was experimenting with the Derwent Coloursoft range, though I had no idea which type of paper they should be used on.
I did two quick sketches of my darling girl poking her head out from under the duvet - one on my usual watercolour paper of Arches Aquarelle 140lb rough - and the other on WHSmith pure white cartridge paper 135gsm.
WHSmith White Cartridge Paper
These were only quick sketches so I could find the paper I was happiest with. (its cartridge) Hopefully my next piece will be more artistic !
The best part of making a painting for someone - seeing the joy it brings as they hang it in their own home.
I received the photo of Young Remy hanging on the wall in her home, today - the day after she was picked up! She's in a temporary frame until after Christmas, but hanging already. It warms my heart to know how much Remy was loved and how much the painting will be appreciated.
I made a friend who lives in Texas. We share a mutual love of Jack Russell Terriers, and our jacks brought us close together. I love her dogs as if they were mine, and she loves mine as if they were hers.
So when it came to Christmas this year, I made a painting of my friend Marie's beloved jack Jazzabella Jasmine Jacqueline Russell von Burkhardt (who now resides in Heaven) and the Peace rose given to her after Jazz's passing. For the story of "You are Not Alone" click here
and my own darling Missy wanted her Arnkee Mawie to have a pikshure of her own self, and as Marie had admired this painting.. it was the one which wended its way to Texas.
Sent early to make sure they could be framed for Christmas.. and here they are, sitting under the tree !
I took a while to decide whether the gargoyle would be standing on a wooden breaker or on a column of stone - eventually I decided wood for the support, stone for the gargoyle. So here's the first set of washes on the wooden breaker..
When we moved into this house we were doing some work in the garden, and we discovered a shallow grave. On investigation we discovered it was the grave of the previous family's beloved german shepherd dog, Suzy.
We dug a deeper grave for Suzy, in the shade of the sycamore where she will never be disturbed.
We were keeping our eyes peeled for something to mark her spot, something that would fit in with our likings also. The usual pet markers didn't do it for us as.
Monday, we came across this chappie - who is temporarily named Sioux, See! until we come up with a better name. If you have the ideal name, leave us a comment, please. We'll consider all suggestions.
here's the gargoyle - and yes, I'll paint him.. I have an idea in mind :)
When I went to college for an art course, in my City and Guilds class we learned Creative techniques with Watercolour. One of my favourite techniques I learned was pointillism - and here are a few examples which I painted:
One of the nicest things about someone having one of my paintings is getting the photo once the framed painting is hung. Especially poignant when someone has recently lost their dog. With great pride, I show you The Duchess Remy, at home.
And there's no comparison at all, is there? Much rather have my dog than any ole meerkat :) One of my birthday presents was a book - 101 tricks to teach your dog. This one was in there, so we only have another 100 to go! I might slot some painting back into my life soon... :)