Colin is working on a series of new paintings and drawings, and he’s just finished this beautifully soft pencil study of a mountain hare in ‘transition’ – changing its pelage from white to brown.
The fur is so unbelievably soft, and its eye is just incredible. I shall be very sorry to see this one go. Although it’s finished, we haven’t put it up for sale on the website yet. Here is a sneak preview:
On Colin’s easel at the moment is an unusual study in watercolour and pencil, of a male red grouse basking in the morning sunshine among some heather stalks. This will be a long landscape with little background except the suggestion of a greenish-brown moorland in the near distance. The heather stalks will be done in pencil, while the grouse’s head will be finished in watercolour, making it really jump out of the picture with life and colour.
This is a close-up detail of the grouse’s head.
Yes, I want this one too! No, I can’t have it.
You can watch Colin’s images in progress and see his most recently-completed work on his Latest Paintings page.
I’ve made a start on the new book; planning it is probably the hardest part, because I have to visualise the structure and layout of the chapters before I can start writing the text. Things are gradually falling into place.