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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Red & green hen (• SOLD 13 Jan 2013)

Red and green hen  © Peter Gander 2012
A random hen for the show (it can’t all be about fish, fishermen and that maritime stuff). A big puddle of plain water was laid down for this in the shape of the body and pigment dropped into that puddle once only the sheen of water remained. (You need to use big, bold water-loaded squirrel mops for this). The result, rather like a photographer’s experience in the darkroom, is a joy, watching the colours blend, dominate and develop in front of your eyes. Minor leg and head details/caption were added with a dip pen and ultramarine ink. The downy feathers of the hen’s rear was achieved beyond the puddle area, dragging out the pigment eastwards with a dry squirrel brush, across untouched paper. It’s best, again for simplicity’s sake, to stick to just a couple of colours when experimenting like this. Winsor & Newton watercolour on Two Rivers handmade paper (rough).  SOLD 13 Jan 2013


  1. I love this, Peter, plus the instructions are great - someday, when I get brave, I'll try this!

  2. Thanks Connie, it's made a lot easier when you use a great quality paper which enhances the flow - try it, it’s much easier than you might think!