I wonder if…

I wonder if

My copy of the Times literary supplement has arrived ….Having fun with a mixed media background and a watercolour sketch of an ape in my sketchbook.

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I love westies

westies

This is a watercolour and mixed media painting done for a friend who lost her little white terrier dog recently.  In fact the middle dog was inspired by one picture she took of her beloved dog which was posted on Facebook. The result will give her hopefully a bit of joy and memories of happier times.

Black bird

black bird

Did you know that the well-known English nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence a pocket full of rye, four-and-twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie” could have been a coded message used to recruit crew members for the notorious 18th-century pirate Blackbeard.  His real name Teach was a shrewd and calculating leader who spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image to elicit the response that he desired from those whom he robbed…

Elephant

elephant

I chose to put this elephant behind the foreground decor to give a feel of space and depth. I painted the background with a graded wash for the light effect. I was inspired by the African theme when I chose the golden pattern reminiscent of African design.

This sketch was done mainly with watercolours and brush pen. I did not feel the need to put any comment or lettering as the elephant was naturally taking a lot of space already in this double spread.

Giraffe

Giraffe

Watercolour sketch done with brush pen and decorative tape in my moleskine sketchbook. I continue doing the animal series with bright colours as there is endless inspiration and fun with this subject matter.

Swan

Swan

I did this sketch using on purpose the elegant writer pen which bleeds when you touch the line with water. I liked the result which gives a watery colour to the feathers.

I found a Thai proverb  matching very well my double spread. Very meaningful!