The tulip girl

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In the continuous theme of flower girls here is the tulip creation done with watercolours and acrylic on strong watercolour paper.

I try to match the flower shape to the body shape to make a plausible outfit….

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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…

So cute !

So cute

Watercolour and gouache portraits on a unified background. I like to use different subjects to paint and make them appear on a double page as a whole. I try to incorporate elements of design to give a sense of balance to the recto/verso spread of my watercolour sketchbook.

Watercolour Brush and bottle

bottle and brush

This painting was the result of a watercolour challenge proposed by Cathie Van Der Stel from the Hangar  Art Centre . You can find the original photograph and the different  interpretation on the  French Riviera Art Facebook page.

Transparency and water movement are always tricky and I decided to tackle both without the help of masking fluid to reserve the whites : the technique consists of leaving the white from the paper and paint around it.

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.