Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Celebrating Africa Day by featuring one of my Big Five artworks, ‘Buffalo’. On this Limited Edition printed canvas you’ll find a White-fronted Bee-eater, Lydenburg Head ceramic sculpture from 500 – 800 AD, a herd of Cape Buffalo, some colourful ethnic patterning based on Ndebele decoration, Historic buffalo hunting trophy photograph and of course the Buffalo himself 🐃
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To purchase this or one of my other Big Five prints, click the link in my bio.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Step 5: This is a really big painting, so I've painted it in sections. The faces are almost complete, so now I can start working on the bodies. I try to protect the areas where I'm not painting, using tissue paper.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Step 4: I've added more spots and removed the masking fluid from the leopard on the left. The places where the masking fluid have been used will still need to be refined and integrated. The ruler at the top of the image shows the scale of the painting 📏📐
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Step 3: Many, many layers of paint are applied, varying the colour within the washes, before applying the black paint, which can easily lift off and blur. I often mistakenly think that my layers are dark enough, until I see them in relation to the pure black. I almost always have to go darker.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Step 2: Layers of colour are applied, to show both the local colour and the tonal colour. In watercolour, all areas that are white must be free of paint – the paper is the white, so it's vital not to paint in these areas. Masking fluid is used to reserve the white of fine areas like the whiskers and hair in the ears.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Over the next few days I'll be sharing the steps I took, from start to finish, of one of my latest watercolours. This photo is only a portion of my "Dynamite Duo" and shows just the faces of the leopards, but the finished painting will be of their whole bodies 🎨 🎨 🎨
Step 1: The drawing is done and the parts of the leopards that will eventually be black are painted in a light blue, so that they're still visible when the subsequent layers of paint are applied. It's important to observe the shapes of the spots very carefully, because they help define the form of the leopards.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Let’s show our love and appreciation to all those who have always done just that for us 💖💛💝
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To shop this Limited Edition print, titled 'Mother's Day', simply click the link in my bio.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

In my last post I featured my latest painting, ‘Leopard Concentration’. The size of this watercolour is rather large so to give you an idea of perspective, here is an image of Wilna and Thoko holding it up. Big isn’t it? 😊
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Here is my latest original watercolour painting, ‘Leopard Concentration’ which can be found on my website, but is unfortunately already sold, can you believe it!!
Don’t worry, soon you will be able to purchase it as a Limited Edition print.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

Tomorrow, we South African’s celebrate the first ever democratic election which took place in 1994. It’s now 2017 and time for us to not only reflect on our history, but analyse the current situation and work together to plan for a better future for all!!
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

The background colour of my ‘Leopard in the Canopy’
print actually came about by accident. The original painting's background is white, like most of my other paintings, but while I was retouching the image for the limited edition print, I mistakenly made the background this dusty colour and ended up really liking it!
How about you? .
Limited Edition Print available through my website. Click link in bio
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

It’s International Mother Earth Day tomorrow and the perfect time to not only celebrate all that our beautiful world has to offer, but to make every effort to protect it for future generations! 🌍 .
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'To A Safer Place' is available as a Limited Edition print through the link in my profile.
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Sue Dickinson | ARTIST (@suedickinsonwildlifeart)

I got a bunch of really awesome images after my request for Cheetah, Giraffe and Leopard photographs in January. Thank you to all of you who got involved and I can confirm that I’m hard at work on a certain Leopard image at the moment. Watch this space......
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