What to submit when you’re submitting…

This is where it gets down to business. For me, this is always going to be the scary part. The moment your story moves from being something wonderful inside your head to a real piece of critiqued and scrutinised work. The writing part was a doddle. Alright, doddle’s not exactly true, but I enjoyed doing it so…

Watercolour No.5 – Miss Giraffe

They’re really funny creatures, giraffes, so why not try painting one? Unlike Mr Hare, I started with a sketch to get the main outline. I think I prefer the freedom that comes with not sketching first, but it is certainly harder and much more can go wrong. With Miss Giraffe here, I also have the…

Watercolour No.4 – Mr Hare

Say hello to Mr. Hare, the fourth in my watercolour paintings. Unlike my previous Sweet Peas, this painting relied on accuracy with the animals features to really bring him to life. I was able to be much freer with flowers. I do love, however, the confidence of allowing the backing paper to show through, avoiding…

Watercolour No.3 – Sweet Peas

This is testimony to my watercolour attitude becoming freer – allowing the colours to bleed into one another in a semi-controlled manner upon wet paper – using the blank, off-white paper as my base colour, not as something to cover up. I love Sweet Peas. They are super easy to grow if you’ve got a…

Watercolour Barn Owl

Welcome to watercolour works round two, the second quick painting in which I am attempting to loosen up my hand, be freer with the paint and capture the feel of the subject rather than it in exact detail. I think we’re getting there.  Barn owls are amazing, beautiful animals. They are so soft and elegant…

Hand-Made Christmas Decorations… Ice Skating Boots!

It’s Christmas… that means Christmas craft. I sat down to watch a film one evening (I’d like to think it was a Christmas one, but it probably wasn’t) and made these sweet, simple Ice Skating Boots to hang on my tree. You will need – At least two colours of felt (I chose dark brown,…