Dog Sketch

Sketch of Leo. Michele Clamp Watercolor. 10”x8”

I’m working with a student to paint her lovely cocker spaniel Leo. Had to do a quick sketch to see how the colors and values would work out. Think it will be ok.

Basset Hound – Yay!

Basset Hound. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14”x11”


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I don’t paint a lot of dogs. Dogs are tricky and I’ve shied away from them. But yesterday I was feeling in the mood for something different and a picture of a basset hound took my fancy.

I started him yesterday. Here’s the end of day 1.


Now this may not look like much but I was actually really happy at this stage. I’d managed to both get the white fur the right value and the shiny parts of the ears the right value. Once that was done the rest of it pretty much painted itself.

Ladybird (bug?)

Ladybug. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Fancied something a little different to finish the day with. I don’t usually paint in this controlled style (and it shows). Learned a lot on the way through – should have worked wet into wet more rather than paint and blend which is my usual way. Lots of color matching done which was great practice.

Southwick Camel

Southwick Camel. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 13”x19”

Another from our trip to Southwick’s zoo. You can’t really go wrong with a camel as a subject. They have wonderfully shaped heads and bodies and a very characteristic posture. I’m leaving this for today as I’m not sure it’s finished but, apart from a few touches, I think I’m pretty happy with it.

(James says I should do more detail in the fur but I’m not convinced).

Bee Too

Bee Too. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

I didn’t feel I’d done bees justice yesterday so I had another go today. Chose a different angle and made sure the composition wasn’t too regular. The placement of the legs in particular was a little stilted in the previous one.

Something Different – Alligator

Alligator. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Or maybe a crocodile? I’m unclear as to the difference.

But anyway. Something happened today that doesn’t usually happen to me. I couldn’t think what to paint. Nothing was presenting itself as interesting and I almost gave it up as a bad job. But as I was noodling through some pictures of Marco Island I thought – alligators! They have a lot of those in Florida don’t they? So an alligator (or crocodile?) it was.

I wanted this to be quite subtle and to only suggest the bobbly skin they have. This left the definition in the teeth and eyes. I think he’s rather handsome.