This is Pete, he’s a donkey that lives in a field that I walk past with my dog. He’s in a field with horses and what strikes me about Pete is that he is always so alert and curious about who is walking by. The horses rarely look up or express any interest in anything going on but Pete always does
This is new for me on two fronts, firstly it is the largest painting I have done and it’s the first donkey I have also painted – in fact the first horse of any type. A little daunted I decided to keep trusting my style and method and see where I ended up. Quite well actually, it is a beautiful painting.
This is a drawing made from watercolour and watercolour pencils from my own photograph. Recently having acquired a Nikon camera I am really enjoying taking total control of my own art process. Starting to photograph my botanical studies and cricket matches I have ventured into photographing birds. They satisfy both the elements of small fine detailed studies as well as drawing animals that I love. I photographed this little bluetit on a branch outside my studio. The tits come in a gang a few times a day to visit the bird table and the coconut suets dangling from the branches. I can now recognise their singing.
Here are some progress shots of the build up of the painting. My first go with watercolour pencils, I confess to feeling in love with them already.
The painting can be bought from my website here or clicking on the framed picture below…