The Thistle and Robin

Welcome to 2017

I'm hoping that this year my art can go up a gear... or at least get out of first gear.
I have lots of ideas, half hatched plans and masses of enthusiasm.
I just need to prioritise now.

I started off this week painting a thistle. 
I used Windsor & Newton Cotman 111 round brushes (no 3 and no 5)
Why these particular brushes you ask? Because basically my daughter left them behind when she left after the holidays. 
I couldn't resist trying them out, but don't worry I've sent her new replacements. 
Something tells me she came off rather well in this transaction.
Brand new brushes for old ones... but I'm pleased because they worked beautifully.

For those who like to know details...
I used my Kuretake: Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour paints on Daler Rowney Aquafine smooth A4 Hot pressed paper (300g/m2) 

 

I'm pleased with certain aspects of this painting, but it was also yet again a learning curve. 
I have so many learning curves that it feels like once again I'm in a complete spin.
I've decided to go larger and have another go at painting it.
I think that I should keep to one theme instead of flitting like the proverbial blue **** fly. 
That way I hope that I might actually develop a style.

I'm linking up for the first time this year with the Paint Party Friday link. Click here

Happy New Year Eva and Kristin and thanks for hosting your fantastic inspirational link up once again.

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I'd just like to add that I've had some success with my new camera zoom lens. 
As regular readers of my blog will know, I've been trying to capture the image of my camera shy robin for quite some time.
But at last I managed it...

How cute is he? 

I was doing a little tidying in the garden and he was very interested in what I was doing out there, especially as the ground was frozen solid.
As soon as I moved away, he hopped down into the dried leaves to check out what I'd unearthed.I'm so happy with these photos, but as you can probably imagine I've got about 150 others of my new little feathered friend. 

Lovely to see you here once again and I hope to see you again soon.
Have a wonderful weekend