Alfie and a kitten – sort of commissions

Now these are both done partly due to my mother knowing people who would like them done and partly just because I’m always trying to improve my skills and it does help having some direction to focus it in.

The one of the Kitten was done for a friend of hers who said she wanted anything with cats.  I got the picture from Morguefile and tried my best to draw it accurately, which considering my usual cats tend to looks like aliens of some sort, I was quite happy with this.  The sketching was done with my mechanical pencils and then the colour was added with my Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache. I seem to have taken a liking to adding bold colours like red to things recently.  kitten better scan


The dog picture is of a dog called Alfie who belongs to a friend of my mothers,  I’m not sure what breed exactly this dog is but it’s some kind of cross breed and the photo I was working from wasn’t brilliant so it made this a nice little challenge.  The sketching for this was also done with my mechanical pencil.  Both pictures were drawn on  Aquafine smooth watercolour Aquarelle 140lb paper from Daler – Rowney.  I really like the smooth surface of this paper.


Super Bunny?


So the intensity of the background on this has had me calling this super Bunny,  clearly reminds me of the super man logo somehow…

Finally finished this, started it last week and haven’t got much done all week due to being susceptible to the annoying colds that humans get.

Products used

  • Derwent A5 watercolour paper
  • Luminance pencils by Caran D’ache
  • Gamsol for blending.

Reference photo is from paint my photo

Bobby the Springer Spaniel watercolour picture


I started this one on Tuesday 27-10-15  and completed it tonight 30-10-15.

Prints of this are available here at fine art america

I’d been wanting to try to paint something like this as I really do love these dogs, as much as I’m a crazy cat lady, if there’s one dog I’d have a soft spot for it would probably be Springer Spaniels, or Spaniels of any kind really.  Well other than Rottweilers, which are my complete favourite, but that’s a different story.

The reasoning behind this is that Springer Spaniels are working dogs and the one that made it’s way into my affections in the first place is the lovely, amazingly well trained one that works on a farm run by relatives of mine at Lacey’s Family Farm. I guess I just like ones I know to be well trained.

The reference photo for this came from paint my photo, a link for it is here 

For this painting I used my Koi water colours pocket field sketch box and the paper I used was Winsor & Newton 140lb cold pressed A4(297mm x 210mm)  watercolour paper.

Lioness Painting

So for those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have seen the in progress photos  of my Lioness painting.  This was a fun one to paint, started it on Wednesday evening and finished it this evening.

Prints are available here 

The reference photo came from Janruss over at paint my photo 

Stage one

IMG_2438  At this point I’d just drawn the outline and then covered the bits I wanted to stay white with masking fluid.

Stage two

IMG_2439  This was my progress by Friday evening. I’d put in the background and blocked in a lot of the main colours and tones.

IMG_2440  My second to last stage, the work I’d completed by Saturday evening.  By this point I’d got most of my layers and colours in and I’d also removed the masking fluid so I could start evening out some of the areas that needed it.

Finished product


So here’s the finished thing. Final shadows and highlights were added as necessary, as well as more being done to the ear.

Products used

  • Paint brushes – 1″ Oval wash and a 6 Filbert (both Daler Rowney) and also a number 3 round
  • Koi watercolours from the pocket field sketch box
  • Paper – Daler Rowney Aquafine 12 x 9 inches  140lbs cold pressed.
  • Masking fluid and masking fluid brushes.

lioness finished cropped

A Chickadee in coloured pencil

chickadee bubbles

I finished this one yesterday, it didn’t really turn out exactly how I wanted – probably not enough layers – but I’m still pretty happy with it.

It’s a black capped Chickadee, the reference photo came from paint my photo.

I used Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and A5 Derwent watercolour paper.

I’m still debating whether to put this one on fine art america or not.  ( A link to my current selection on there is here.)

And now – on to the next project,  although I’m not sure what that will be yet.

Cardinal in snow

So I hadn’t really done much in the way of watercolours recently, or at least much that I was anywhere near happy with.

Yesterday I did this little watercolour card of a Cardinal in snow. I decided I’d just see how it went and was reasonably happy with the result.  It was done using my new Crawford & Black watercolour paint set, given to me by a former colleague recently.


The reference photo was from paint my photo