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Watercolor painting of a British wren

All About the British Wren

The Eurasian Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes our popular British garden wren. This scientific name bears reference to their tendency to disappear into crevices and cavities in search of food or a suitable roosting spot. The Wren is…

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Watercolour painting of a Caracal kitten by Paul Hopkinson

A Caracal in Watercolour

Whilst preparing some Facebook posts I came across some work in progress (WIP) shots of when I was painting a big cat in watercolour. This is a Caracal kitten also known as a Desert Lynx. I actually

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Understanding watercolour painting jargon, photo of some watercolours

Understanding Watercolour Painting Jargon

We know that watercolour is a very popular medium. It is a simple concept to paint with coloured water. But it is also a medium which allows you to create intense colours and amazing transparencies. It can even…

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Different types of watercolour paper

Different Types of Watercolour Paper

There are so many different types of watercolour paper. In turn they vary in thickness, size, quality and texture. Each one will have its own unique properties. In addition each will react individually to the application of paint…

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The sorts of brushes I use for painting a detailed wren in watercolour

Which Watercolour Brushes and Paints?

There is a wide range of choice out there and it is really difficult to know which watercolour brushes and paints to choose. In my personal experience a box of 12 – 18 half pans will be enough to…

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Learning to use watercolours to paint a horse

Which Style of Watercolour to Choose?

Starting with watercolour can sometimes be a little confusing. I certainly found it this way when I started all those years ago. OK around 40 or so years to date….but don’t tell anybody! So let me give you a head…

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The Great Tit chicks have fledged, here is a painting of a juvenile Great Tit in watercolour

Our Great Tit Family – Part 5

Are you following the ups and downs of the little family from our gate post bird box? Hopefully if you are you will want to know if the Great Tit chicks have fledged! Our little chicks are no longer quite…

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Great Tit chicks nearly ready to fledge,. this is a watercolour painting of an adult Great Tit and spindleberries

Our Great Tit Family – Part 4

Things are moving on with our little family. Should you have missed their story so far, here are the links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. We think the Great Tit chicks are now nearly ready to fledge.
It can take…

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Watercolour painting of a Great Tit by Paul Hopkinson

Our Great Tit Family – Part 3

Are you following the lives of the Great Tit family in the bird box on our gate post? Here is the next instalment in their little lives. Without a doubt the Great Tit chicks are getting bigger. Indeed it is amazing the changes…

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Watercolour painting of a Great Tit garden bird

Our Great Tit Family – Part 2

I am hoping that you enjoyed the first part of our Great Tit family’s saga. Should you have missed it, check the previous blog post out here. We have of course spent this week watching our garden nest box. So I thought I…

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Watercolour painting of a Great Tit by Paul Hopkinson

Our Great Tit Family – Part 1

A few years ago I was making a few bird boxes and selling them to neighbours. I therefore put up a box on our gate post to advertise the fact. We were much amused to see that a Great Tit took up residence…

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