gouache painting

100 days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 20

Another addition to my butterfly collection for my 100 day project. As I work on these daily paintings its nice to see little collections within the 100 paintings collection start to come together.

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 13

A quick and messy red clover sketch after a day at the beach. I didn’t know until I was looking for drawing reference photos that you can eat red clovers! I might have to have a nibble the next time I see them in the woods

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 9


For todays #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna I painted a Great Spotted Woodpecker. About a month ago I saw one of these when out running I’ve ran past the tree I saw it in at least once a week with a hope of seeing it again. But so far I’ve had no luck. There’s lots of evidence its there since the trees are full of holes but its winning our game of hide and seek so far.

100 Days of British Flora and Fauna - Day 1

This April I have set myself a challenge! To paint an image everyday for 100 days using British flora and fauna as inspiration.  

You might be familiar with the 100 day project but if not here’s a quick summery. You pick a task to do every day for 100 days. It can be anything. Running, cooking, drawing, knitting.  Then you document it and post it to your instagram with the hashtag #the100daysproject. You can also create an independent hashtag to catalogue your personal project. I’ll be using #100daysofbritshfloraandfauna to track my paintings. 

I’m quite excited to attempt this. I’m going to paint for 30 to 45 minutes a day, developing my illustration style and creating a nature based folio. I also hope to learn a lot along the way.  

For the first day I’ve pick a wee red fox. I’ll be using watercolour and gouache paint along with water soluble pencils and crayons throughout this challenge. It’s nice to get back to paper after quite a few months working purely digitally.