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!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016

"Sunita" by Barbara A. Newton

"Sunita" is finished at last.  I'll hang her with the few animal paintings that I am keeping for myself.  She'll look good in a plain black frame along with the others I think.