Gouache portrait

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Another trial with colour mixing on the paper and trying not to make “mud” with a too thick  application of the gouache paint.

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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…

Card making process

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I am in the process of making a birthday card. I had in mind to use seagulls as a subject. I painted several of them  from photos and started to cut them out to position them manually on a double spread watercolour paper. Well I have to think of a background and appropriate design now for the card…Not sure yet. I will probably play around with the birds before glueing them…