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Looking Round

With too many other things going on in my life, I haven’t painted lately.


Today I decided I’d get busy and do something – something simple, preferably. This is it, “Looking Round”, a little painting of a magpie newly landed on an old fencepost. Magpies are plentiful where I live. As a matter of fact, I can hear one scolding a passing cat right now, on the other side of my back fence.

Gold and blue

I abstracted the background of autumnal trees, suggesting them with a loose wet-in-wet wash of Gold Ochre, which is a favourite colour of mine. The term ‘wet-in-wet’ refers to wet watercolour paint dropped into a coat of clean water, by the way – it makes the paint spread out nicely in a random way.

I was hoping the Gold Ochre would provide a good contrast to the electric blue plumage on the bird’s back. I’m fond of placing orange hues next to blue ones. The trouble is, Winsor & Newton (whose paints I use) don’t have a colour called Electric Blue. I mixed up a puddle of French Ultramarine, Prussian Blue and Phthalo Turquoise and that combination seemed to approximate the shade I wanted.

I’m not what you’d call a fast painter. However, I managed to complete this one in a couple of hours, including drying time, a break for coffee, etc. As a final touch, I splattered some Gold Ochre in the background, to help suggest a bit of movement.

The tonic I needed

“Looking Round” was just the tonic I needed, as I’ve been feeling jaded lately. I was thinking I ought to get out of my comfort zone for a change. Since I don’t paint birds or animals much, a magpie seemed right. And I enjoyed the abstract treatment of the background, too – a nod towards a more experimental style of painting. I hope you like it.

Would you like to buy this painting?

This original watercolour painting is available for sale, unframed. Terms and Conditions apply.


The size is 5.5 x 7.5 inches, or 14 x 19 centimetres.


The materials are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours on Daler & Rowney 140lb (300gsm) Langton Prestige Cold Pressed (Not) watercolour paper, which is a professional-quality paper.


The price is UK £50.00.

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I’m prepared to sell this painting not just to buyers in the UK, but also to residents of the following countries*: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.

There’s no extra charge for shipping (postage and packing), but remember, the painting will be unframed. It’s up to you as the buyer to get it framed the way you want it.

*To the best of my knowledge, none of these countries will charge import duty on the painting.


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