"Toi Toi in season "

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Great to read of your techniques...and a great result.

I like this a lot Mike

Love this, Mike, I also rarely draw first, this is fabulous. Never able to keep masking fluid here in Malta...any clues to keeping it???

Just love your darks Mike, I often go straight in with my brush and find it very liberating.

Lovely, strong, vibrant work Mike.

Terrific painting, Mike, love the colours.

my sincere thanks for the comments - still need all the encouragement I can get ! Masking fluid - is something used rarely rather than often so , invariably , the bottle sets off. Ammonia (as found in smelling salts so be careful ) will keep the pH higher/ alkaline and does seem to "resurrect " fluidity" - if caught before totally solid. Am not sure what affect it has on the paper . We have it on the shelves in Supermarkets - used in cleaning.

Lovely fresh watercolour, Mike

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native grass - the Toi Toi is quite attractive and one sees it in gardens as well as "growing wild" Apart from reserving the Toi Toi and bridge rails with masking fluid , the rest is free painting - no drawing at all. Tree branches drawn with bamboo "pen" using watercolour. Enjoyed producing this one.

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Mike Capenerhurst

Born & lived in Leicester for 30 years before coming to NZ in 1965 with wife and family. Dropped art at school for more "useful" subjects. Interest resurrected upon arriving out here. Started with oils, moved to water colour some 20 years ago.. Have played with etching and like it. Primarily self…

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