Moto GP: Cal Crutchlow!! #35

For the last 6 years, one of my absolute favourite things in the whole world has been Moto GP! Not only do I enjoy watching the riders whizzing about on telly, and how exciting it is, but I also enjoy going to the British GP (I now have expanded myself and go to other tracks to watch racing too!) 

I’m a proud owner of Moto GP clothes, I have a sticker in my car and even a signed piccy of one of my most favourite gentlemanly riders: Andrea Dovisioso! 

Me and my dad are both huge fans of Mr Cal Crutchlow. He is British and so we feel compelled to support him through thick and thin as one of our own. We are not fair weather fans! I love all the riders, but Cal to us is quite special!  

So, to do something slightly different art wise! I decided to try and paint Crutchlow on his motorbike for my dad’s birthday! 

I’m actually so proud of myself for this one! I think, particularly the grass and track look more watercoloury. I’m really trying to brush up on my watercolour techniques! It also tested my sketching skills, getting the detail on the bike and getting everything in proportion was a bit of a challenge I have to say! 

The painting was mostly done with my Windsor and Newton watercolour painting set πŸ’œ which I love so much. However unfortunately didn’t come with a black so I had to use some of my bold mere tubed paints for those parts.

Of course the painting was sprayed with spray to preserve the colours for even more long term stay πŸ˜‰ 

Here is the framed, finished result πŸ’šπŸ’›

My dad said he will hang it up in the hallway of his new house! He loved it, so I was pleased as punch πŸ˜€ 

My next post will be on my sunset paintings from Aberystwyth πŸ™‚ 

Enjoy !! 


A starry night on the hillsΒ 

This was by far the most difficult painting I’ve done!
It started off as a completely different concept. It was a rocket, and out of the back of the rocket there was supposed to be (where the smoke/fire would be) a lovely space scene… A little like this…

I think this looks ok, if I had left it like this. The more colour I added, the more dull it got! Once I added stars, it looked okayish. I tried adding planets, which was a disaster! The planets didnt show up over the dark, drab colours. Eventually I totally changed my mind on the whole thing and decided to do a couple looking out to the night sky together πŸ™‚

The reason why I chose this was because I love looking at the stars! Actually we are planning a star gazing trip within the next few weeks! I suppose this is a pre-emptive painting of the night πŸ˜€

I started with the sky. Learning from my mistakes this time I stopped after the second layer of colour and just made sure they were blended nicely! I then coloured the hills before adding the details of the people, trees etc πŸ˜€

The end result is probably my favourite painting so far !

Painting completed with my windsor and Newton watercolour pan set! The stars were done with acrylic white paint, and the black paint was boldmere black tubed water colour paint Β (although I kept it very thick, hardly any water for the bold silhouette effect I wanted!)

Hope you enjoy the painting! I love this one and think it’s my favourite I’ve done so far!


Bathing in the Jungle WatersΒ 

I am finally ready to post a blog about my white tiger painting! Which I have named “Bathing in the Jungle Waters”

I am so so pleased with how this went πŸ™‚ I was nervous as it’s quite out of my comfort zone (the first time I’ve painted an animal! Ever!)

I chose to paint him as I absolutely adore wildlife and animals of any shape or form (except wasps: I’m a little scared of them!). I think tigers are stunning! I have been lucky to see white tigers as they are quite rare I think. Unfortunately only in captivity though 😦

Here is, just a little reminder of the beautiful subject for the painting. The picture was taken by myself in Florida in 2008:

I decided to paint him in a jungle setting, where his natural home would be. πŸ™‚ I did some research on the sort of plants and trees that would be in a jungle setting. I wanted the picture to be at least semi accurate!

I also took some progress shots as I went along. I always start off by sketching a vague idea of what I want in the painting. The tiger is obviously the main shebang of the whole thing, so I was concerned over if the sketch would be ok!

I then added the main background colours of the water and the green background of the forest, before painting in more detail!

My biggest concern was the reflection in the water. I am learning all the time new techniques. My next painting is a “space” painting requested by my other half! The techniques are challenging – I’ve scrapped the painting 3 times already! So every painting seems to require something different to make it look good. Yet I still want to keep my own style in there, even that I am learning about πŸ™‚

I re-did the reflection about 5 times before I was happy with it!

The finished painting I am so so pleased with, it is bright and colourful and I think I’ve done the tiger justice with the painting!

Here is the finished piece:

And the official scan:

white tiger wm.jpg

The paper is 230gsm watercolour paper from the works! It is acid free!

The background was done with my boldmere watercolour tubed paints. Whereas the detail of the painting was done with my Windsor and Newton pan set! These are a reputable brand for watercolours! However are quite expensive! Mine are second hand and are brilliant. I also saved a bit of cash that way too!

I hope you enjoy the painting. I loved painting this one!

As always, if you would like to use the picture for anything, please get in touch!


A sneak peek…

A sneaky peek at my subject for my next painting … 

Isn’t he gorgeous??

He is, im assuming, a white bengal tiger! The painting is going well. I’m really pleased so far! The background has been largely modified to include plants in a jungle style, which hopefully you would find in this tigers homeland! 

Not only am I absolutely loving painting this so far, but I’m also learning new things all the time! Did you know, according to Wikipedia, there are no documented white Siberian tigers? I found this out while researching which kind of tiger he would be… so that I could identify the kind of flora I wanted in the painting! 

The things you do for art…!! 

Just cause I’m feeling really happy tonight.. I’ll also give a blog only sneak peek of the sketch of him for the painting πŸ™‚ (before adding the background!) 

I think this is the first time in my life I’ve attempted to draw a tiger! I’m actually so pleased with how he looks! πŸ™‚ 

I’m super excited to share the finished artwork with everyone! Rest assured I’m super pleased so far!

Thanks for reading,