Cat Portrait in Acrylics – Nova with Bubbles

A happier painting of Nova. My previous painting was all about saying goodbye to this beautiful girl, but this one represents happy memories. You can watch how I painted this and hear about more the process in the video below.

Derivan Matisse Flow acrylics on a 5×7 inch canvas board.

Can anyone be an artist?

I posted this in an art group on Facebook where someone asked if anyone could be an artist.

The answer – Yes, of course!

The only difference between you and the artists you admire is practice and dedication. Anyone can be an artist, they just have to put in the work.

These two artworks were created 14 years apart. The one on the left was my very first digital painting (done with a mouse…) and I was ridiculously proud of it (at the time). The one on the right is one of my favourite portraits in coloured pencil. The only real difference between the two (aside from medium), is a whole lot of work.

Learning to do anything well takes time, including art. So if you’re not improving as fast as you thought/hoped you would, don’t give up. Just keep working and you will get there!

I am by no means at the level I want to be, but I know that I’ve drastically improved from where I was – and I know that you can too!

Just. Keep. Going.

Horse in Watercolour

So, if you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll know I’m a recent convert to the world of watercolours. Mainly because they’re so much fun!!!

I love how they look when they’re randomly splashed on the page and I finally tried it myself with this painting of a horse! It was equal parts exciting and terrifying because it’s so random (you never quite know how or where the paint will fall), but also fun.

After I painted the main areas of colour, I went over them with coloured pencils to fill in a few details. All in all, it’s rather fast working this way so I’ll definitely be creating more works like this.

Caran d’Ache Luminance and Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils over Sennelier watercolours on Arches smooth 300gsm watercolour paper.

Watercolour Cat Painting – Goodbye Nova

If you follow me on Facebook or YouTube, you’ll know that we recently had to put our beloved cat, Nova, to sleep. It was a horrible time and we never expected to lose her so soon (she was almost 9), but we’re getting used to life without her.

There’s not much I really want to say about her last few days because they were very difficult for us, but our Vet was wonderful through it all and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better.

I wanted to do a painting of Nova as my way of dealing with losing her and also as a tribute to her life and time spent with us. It took a while to choose one photo, but I eventually settled on one we took when she was about six months old.


Size: 8.5×11 (A4).
Medium: Caran d’Ache Luminance and Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils over Sennelier watercolours on Arches smooth 300gsm watercolour paper.

We spent some time in our backyard with her on the day we said goodbye. This photo was taken an hour or so before…

She was a beautiful girl and I really do miss her, but I’m thankful for the years we spent together. I’ll probably do more paintings of her in the future, there are lots for me to choose from! 😉

Dealing with failure

Sometimes you can fix a painting, sometimes you just need to move on. After this painting, I choose to move on!

The painting itself isn’t that bad, the problem is that it’s nothing like what I had planned, or what I wanted it to be! I had a lot of trouble getting the watercolours to work the way I wanted and a lot of that had to do with it being a new medium for me. It was a frustrating experience!

But as frustrating as it was, I still learned a lot in working on it and I can take that knowledge forward onto my next painting. Which will hopefully be better!

Size: 8.5×11 inches (A4).
Medium: Derivan Matisse Flow acrylics over Sennelier watercolours on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm watercolour paper.