THE FAMILY’S DAY OUT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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One morning, a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on the canal edge painting when this entourage drifted by. They came up from behind me and I had to drop the painting, brushes and palette and  scramble around in my bag for the camera, all without upsetting the group. I crept along the bank taking a number of shots from which
I compiled this painting.

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WHAT’S GOING DOWN – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I just liked the forms of the ducks and the gentle ripples on the water in this one. I had to go in with a stiff damp brush and do a bit of taking out on the water to make some sense of it.

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HYENA – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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I must admit to doing this a couple of weeks ago, after the giraffes, but I thought I’d hold it back and release it on the eve of  the Chinese year of the dog. With global politics being what they are, I thought an hyena carried some resonances.

This particular one was part of a family living in a drainage culvert under a road in the Etosha Pan in Namibia. Apparently they gave themselves away by their white faeces which is a result of the bone they crunch. With the lorry sitting directly over them, the low frequency reverberations of the engine forced them to come out and investigate.

They did have a look of vulnerability, but I wasn’t going to extend an arm in sympathy.

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PSSST…WANNA BUY SOME KRILL? … TASTY ANCHOVIES? – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was looking at my holiday snaps and some African penguins caught my eye. I combined a couple of shots and came up with this. This was at Simonstown, near Capetown, and the wind was blowing the sand in my face and my camera and the penguins didn’t look too happy either. I wouldn’t have bothered, but the wife likes penguins, so I stumped up the entry fee.

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THE SAUNTERING BATHERS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I think  that these are Bewick’s swans that I photographed at a local bird sanctuary. In hindsight I should have done this in a landscape format, but I wanted to really focus on the birds and then one thing led to another and I included extra birds and well… here we are.

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PINK FLAMINGOS IN THE MORNING -WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Back to the Bolivian Altiplano  and the flamingos that inhabit the lakes. As the morning  sun burns the mists away it also warms the birds enabling them to move and start feeding on the algae which colour the lakes.

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