For this still-life of Australian shells and beach findings I drew inspiration form an old sketchbook dating back to my time in the Galway Bay, Ireland, see the top right-hand-side corner of the photo above.
It is amazing to find such a variety of creatures in just a handful of items. Using a nature guide book I could identify the remains of the following creatures:
Mactras (Truncate; Reddish and Dissimilar)
Reef Crab's chelae
Bell Acorn Barnacle
This artwork is available as a greeting card. For this artwork I have used a selection of four of my own handmade watercolour paints. Talking about handmade paints, I just published a page on my blog which explains with photos the fascinating process of watercolour making, take a look HERE, I hope you will like it.
For this watercolour of a Saltwater Crocodile I used a different technique which was great fun. I laid a light was of Burnt Umber to give an off-white tone to the paper, then I sketched a light pencil drawing of the Crocodile. Then, I decided to draw a more detailed sketch using Chinese black ink obtained from a traditional ink stick ground with some water on an ink stone (see materials on the top right hand corner of the image), the ink was then loaded on to the dipping pen's nib with a brush.
After I finished with the ink drawing, I started applying washes and glazes of watercolour.
At last I used some white gouache to highlight the colour of the teeth.
Here is the full series of original bird portraits from the Avian Faces Series 2012, three birds, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, the Boobook Owl and the Bush-stone Curlew for a total of twelve small watercolour portraits, all artworks are now available.
And this is my handmade full watercolour range, this is a beautiful, versatile and minimal watercolour palette with five earth colours out of eight.
This Australian Wood Duck was painted using only three paints and all of them are 100% handmade by myself. A selection of my favourite handmade watercolour paints are now for sale on my online shop, in case you feel you want to give watercolours a go, they are made only with 100% Artists' quality materials. Following this link you can read how I made my own watercolours.
I was visiting the Rainforest Botanic Gardens in Lismore and came across
lots of these beautiful little creatures hiding among the water
vegetation. Apparently Eastern Sedgefrogs hide in banana trees and
become lost in fruit shops and supermarkets once the bananas are shipped
For this artwork I made the exception of
using watercolour pencils, a medium I haven't been using often recently.
I enjoyed very much to see how the colours change with the lightest
touch of a moist brush, it almost felt like a new work was magically
developing quickly right under my hands.
I saw a large mob of Eastern grey Kangaroos while visiting the Grampians
National Park in western Victoria, here they are represented in the
beautiful valley around Hall's Gap which is surrounded by very wild,
rugged and beautiful mountains as well as heaps of wildlife including
Kangaroos, Emus, Ekidnas and many species of birds including the
This original artwork
is now for sale on my online shop which will be having a break from
October 4th until November 1st, I will be enjoying new adventures with a
long-awaited visitor from overseas... so, in case someone wants to
avoid the November Christmas rush for art presents, I would suggest to
order your gifts in September.
Bush Heritage Australia is launching a campaign to raise funds to
purchase and protect land to studying and conserving the endangered and
recently re-discovered Night Parrot, thought to be extinct until two
years ago. To find out more, please follow this link and if you wish, make a donation to support the project.
I was visiting North Stradbroke Island and enjoying the beautiful shore
of the Brown Lake when I heard something scratching on a tree, this
2m-long Lace Monitor was climbing a gum tree not far from the lake
shore. Now, this Lace Monitor watercolour has been published as a greeting card by Nuovo Group.
The Coastal Artisans gallery in Peregian Beach is now stocking my Giclee
prints as well as some original framed works, if you find yourself
around the Sunshine Coast area, the Coastal Artisans gallery, the Baked
Poetry Cafe and the beautiful beach are certainly worth a visit.