Friday, 16 September 2016

"Perfection is in the Detail"

Or so they say.  I was just thinking that when I started these rhino's, I thought there wasn't too much detail in the skin, but having to do every millimetre of their bodies with a fine brush, I've changed my mind.  The more detail you can provide, the more realistic the painting (if that's what you're after of course).

Monday, 29 August 2016

Drawing Practice

I think it's important to keep up your drawing skills to help with your paintings.  Not only does practice help to make you a faster and better drawer, it also teaches you a lot about tone and composition. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Rhino's Playing in the Mud

It's a slow process, but I'm getting there - one section at a time.  I fill in all the different tones and hues first, then add the detail.  This little one is so cute and is so much fun to paint.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Well, that's one head finished.  I'm only using Burnt Sienna for the mud and Burnt Sienna with a bit of Ultramarine Blue to make the grey.  Shadows just require a bit more of the blue in the mix.  This is definitely what you call using a "limited palette".

Saturday, 23 July 2016

My Next Painting Challenge

At last I have started painting one of the rhino's heads.  I took this photo at Australia Zoo a while ago, and changed the background to look like it was in Africa.  These two are quite young here and don't have the deep wrinkles and deeply marked skin as the older ones get.  So, in some ways, they are much easier to paint.  The tricky bit is that they had just rolled in some mud, so they are half grey and half Burnt Sienna!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


So now that I've finished painting Sapphire, I can't help thinking that I want to do another one!