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 !! 



Painting of my little donkey pal that I took a photo of πŸ™‚ 

I love donkeys. Think they’re so cute of course!

I’m really happy with his fur, that was a bit challenge and took some research to figure out how I wanted to do it. 

Enjoy the painting! 


I can finally share with you this painting. It was the second painting I ever did. I think it was the one that made me realise I might be ok at painting πŸ™‚ 

The reason I haven’t shared this such early painting is because it was a gift for my lovely friend Susan’s birthday, who lives in Wales and who I met while I was at uni there πŸ™‚ 

Susan is so kind, and thanks to her I always have a place to stay when I need to go down there πŸ™‚ in summer last year when I lived there, me and Susan went on a few adventures. I took the photo that inspired this painting on one of these adventures! Basically, we travelled all the way South from Aberystwyth! We went to Aberaeron and ate honey ice cream and played pooh sticks, we went to a small beach further down with real sand, then we finished off the trip by going to Newquay  (the Welsh version!) for fish and chips (Or sausage and chips.) 

On the way back I took this photo: 

I’ve had this photo as my desktop background for the last year! And so when I started painting landscapes, I thought it would be perfect to have a little go at it. Of course I didn’t expect too much being a beginner! I didnt in my wildest day dreams expect to be able to give it away!

I started off by doing the base colours in the larger areas. I always do this for every painting now πŸ™‚ it seems to work well to have a foundation for the colours you’re going to put on top! 

I then went on and added more detail. The most fun part was doing the forest area! I loved dotting the trees on and the different colours. 

After I finished the painting. I thought it looked alright and better than i was expecting! It was my mum who said it was really good πŸ™‚ so I then asked her if it was good enough to give as a gift for Susan’s birthday! She said yes! 

Here is the finished product. As this was an early one it was completed with my boldmere tubed paints, rather than my windsor and Newton set πŸ™‚ I have sprayed a sealer on it (again my plasti-kote matte spray!) So hopefully the colours will stick nicely! 

And in its frame:

I love the frame as it comes with a mount which makes the picture look more professional I think!

Finally. Here is a scan of the image. My phone can’t handle tif images for some reason, so this is just a screen shot from my phone!

Enjoy πŸ˜€ 😍

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,