Nice one Louise, love the refections in the water and how you have potrayed them including how you have shown the colours in those reflections

Lovely watercolour Louise, I can see where the name comes from, that's some beak!

Lovely painting from a very good source it seems . How did you find your new paints?

Thank you all for your lovely comments. Gudrun the paints have surprised me, I bought them as my husband loves watercolour paintings and wanted me to try it. I like something a little more intense myself. However, the colours in the tin are really quite lovely (despite the rubbish photo I have taken which doesn't do the colour justice) so I have had to eat my words!!

I've seen these characters at a distance, with their oddly shaped bill, but never before realized quite HOW oddly shaped they are, because I'd not seen one with his mouth open.... Watercolour can be as intense as you like - so many watercolours are faded and washed-out with excessive water to pigment. But some of the painters on POL can show you what can be achieved with them. And you've found out for yourself anyway, of course. I do like gentle, evanescent, transparent watercolour, but sometimes you do yearn for a bit of oomph...

A striking painting, great colours.

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First watercolour attempt using a set of W&N watercolours bought in the sales at Cassart.....The Shoveller was on the RSPB facebook site..lots of fantastic pictures to inspire on there if you don't have time to go out and get your own raw material for a bit....

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