Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Otterly Delightful.....

I saw this photo by David Webb on PMP and knew it was one I needed to paint!!

Otters are such lovely mammals, generally playful and sociable (though can be very territorial and aggressive) and populations have been gradually increasing thanks to environmental projects all over the country. Introduction of pesticides in the 50's resulted in a massive decline of populations until they were almost eradicated from the UK in the early 80's.... although it is difficult to accurately assess current numbers as they are secretive, nocturnal animals, populations are definitely on the increase and though they are a protected species, they are no longer endangered in the UK.

So back to the painting.... no drawing, that bit is getting easier, but I do think a bit more planning might help, as I just waded in with this one!! Not always the best idea as my brush often does it's own thing and places marks where I have no intentions of making them!!

I used

Permanent Rose
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna
Touch of Cerulean

and also used some white acrylic for the whiskers... that's another reason for planning a bit more... to reserve the whites and though I wouldn't normally try and reserve the whiskers, I would always tend to use a touch of white acrylic, generally reserving whites is tricky at the best of times, and when you are essentially drawing with the brush and the brush is as wayward as mine, you can get problems!!


  1. Those darn brushes have a mind of their own,but the mystery of what will appear is so exciting

  2. Very nicely done with beautiful colors cheers Danielle

  3. Thanks Lorraine....yes the unexpected is exactly what makes it all so appealing, I liked the colours in this too Danielle, they seem to work well!!

  4. I do love the colours. You have me chuckling here. Imagining a brush with a mind of it's own like the Sorcerer's Apprentice broom.

  5. Hello Judith:) What a beautiful painting! I like the colors and you painted the otter very realistic! Very well done!xx

  6. He's got such a cute face! I love the brushwork too ;)


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