An author ‘s inspiring story from Facebook

African author screen print

I was totally inspired by Chimamanda’s full TED Talk about the danger of a single story which appeared on Facebook. For more information about this subject…here is the link  http://bit.ly/2utmnE5

This portrait was done with brushpen and gouache. I was not sure about the background colour so I used my computer to do a mock up before deciding on this golden yellow.  She is such a solar subject that a sunshine colour seemed the right choice !
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Gouache dog

Gouache dog screen print

I was inspired by a video on You tube done by an artist called JelArts who showed how to paint with gouache (thank you for sharing). I simply tried her technique which seemed to be very impressionistic  involving lots of spontaneous brush strokes. So here is my version of her  “blue dog”.

Gouache parrot

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I bought a cheap gouache set yesterday and tried to paint this parrot. Gouache is so different from watercolour and I am sure there are good techniques to know how to paint properly with this medium… Another challenge for me but I have to keep learning and in the end I just enjoy doing something out of my confort zone..

Clever Fox

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People use the phrase “wily like a fox” or “sly as a fox” for a reason. Foxes are very smart in ways that matter: finding food, surviving in weather extremes, outwitting predators, protecting their young. They’re smarter than most, but not all, dog breeds and on top of all…they are so beautiful!

A very wise chimpanzee

Chimp watercolour

For this portrait of a chimp, I did not use my sketchbook as I wanted to do a bigger painting and used instead  a square sheet of watercolour paper .Searching for photos (copyright free) I found such a wise looking little chap that I adopted it straight away. It is strange sometimes to paint animals as they seem to take a life of their own. For this one particularly, I had even a name coming through my mind…