Artist's description:

At 120x100cm, 'A tough crowd' is my largest ink and watercolour to date and presented all sorts of physical challenges in its execution! However painting on canvas is a whole load of fun and what better than these lovely cows to give me a happy subject? I wanted to catch the energy and movement of these juveniles as they express their curiousity. Don't you think they look like the audience at a stand up comedian, not sure if they are going to laugh or not? I really enjoy the bold lines of the ink, coupled with the softer watercolour washes.

I have been experimenting with painting watercolours on canvas for a while now. Traditionally watercolours need to be mounted and framed under glass because of their fragility. While a good frame can enhance an image and a good mount can hide a messy edge or two, they do act as a barrier between the viewer and the image. New primers mean that you can prepare a canvas to accept watercolour paint and then by sealing it (I apply over 5 coats of spray archival varnish) the painting can be hung as it is. Suddenly I have been liberated from small bits of paper (and my watercolours are larger than many!). So I started at 50x50cm and have been getting bigger and bigger.

The trouble is, I need longer arms! With watercolour you need to work fairly flat or at a slight angle. It is hard to reach the top corner of a big canvas. If it was oil, you could work with a vertical surface - no problem. However, I battled on and am rather taken with the end result.

I have backed the canvas, it is strung and ready to hang. As with all paintings, you should only hang it out of direct sunlight and heat, in an area of normal humidity. If you need to wipe it over, a dry lint free cloth should be used.

Sorry but shipping outside the UK is pricy. In the UK it is reasonable enough, Europe isn't too bad either, but the US will be £70 and Australia is an eye watering £125. I am happy to send it, so if you fall in love with my English beauties and live far, far away, email me and I will get as reasonable a quote as I can, but it is likely to give you palpitations!

It will come with a certificate of authenticity, if you would like one (let me know).

Materials used:

Artist quality watercolour pigment and Indian ink on deep canvas primed with semi-absorbant ground, sealed with UV/archival matte varnish

A tough crowd


  • Watercolour, Canvas
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  • Size: 47.24 × 39.37 × 1.57 in (unframed) / 47.24 × 39.37 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front
  • Ready to hang
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