Here are 5 of my favourite watercolour paintings.
The style of these paintings was inspired by botanical painting after I had seen a wonderful exhibition of the Shirley Sherwood Collection of Botanical Art at the Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa.
This is a painting of a loquat leaf from a tree outside the classroom where I taught high school Art. It is painted on a smooth paper called Schoellershammer. The paint sits on the surface of the paper and does not soak in as it would on a watercolour paper. The colours and edges are crisp and clean as a result.
This is a piece of copper wire. I love the delicate lines.
Shells are among my favourite painting subjects.
I picked this mushroom straight out of the lawn in our garden in South Africa. I had to keep it in some soil in a dark kitchen cupboard until I had finished painting it.
This was a beautiful specimen of a weaver nest that I kept for a long time and drew and painted.
If you would like to see how I approach a watercolour painting, I have photographed and explained the stages in a series of posts starting at A Step-by-Step Watercolour Painting.