27 September 2011

Illustration Friday - Ferocious

'Wallow'  ©Caroline Soer 2009

Perhaps not the first animal that springs to mind when you think of the word 'ferocious',  but actually, the Hippo is apparently one of the most aggressive and dangerous animals in Africa.  Therefore, I present my Hippo watercolour (for a second airing) for this week's Illustration Friday prompt.

20 September 2011

Illustration Friday - Mesmerising

 Magpie - ©mixed media Caroline Soer 2011

 Magpies love to cache - they seek out and hide appealing oddments.  This one has found a broken string of beads - Magpies seem to find shiny objects mesmerising.   Mixed media - Oil pastel, ink, gouache and glass beads on paper for Illustration Friday.
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15 September 2011

Illustration Friday - Boundaries

Boundaries - watercolour ©Caroline Soer 2011

Dry stone walls create field boundaries. This is a watercolour and gouache painting on gessoed mountboard for Illustration FridayClick to enlarge if you like!  Landscapes aren't usually my 'thing', but I fancied having a go at one last weekend to try to capture memories of the verdant landscape we enjoyed while walking this summer near Crosthwaite in the English Lake District.

12 September 2011

Between red and yellow


Between red and yellow lies the colour orange. Now, in the main, I'm not overly fond of this colour  - I'd definitely not choose to wear it, accessorize or paint my walls with it, but I love the flamboyant orange-hued tropical flowers I see around me here in Malaysia!

 Whilst out walking on Friday, I found a sizzling selection of blooms in this colour range.

How about these?  Three stunning Spathodea campanulata blooms from the Flame of the Forest, or African Tulip Tree.  I found a mass of these glowing like embers beneath the tree. 

This amazing spidery bloom is Gloriosa superba otherwise known as Climbing, or Flame Lily.

And finally  a quartet of tropical orange beauties from the archives!

Gorgeous or what?

8 September 2011

Illustration Friday - Mysterious

Mysterious ©Caroline Soer 2010

I've shown this illustration before but thought it fitted this week's mysterious theme too.  This started life as a a watercolor that was allowed to dry with plastic wrap on top.  The plastic formed patterns in the paint in which I then 'found' these characters and defined them with watercolour crayons. A fun doodling exercise I do from time to time!

©Caroline Soer 2010

Here's another I've just finished - lots of strange hooded figures seemed to be within patterns formed by the plastic wrap -  it's a mystery how they get there!

3 September 2011


Already September - where have the last few weeks gone? One thing about living in the tropics is that we don't really get season changes - well, apart from one rainy period to the next! I thought I'd put up a collection of photos and sketches to remind me of autumnal colours. The first montage of golden beauties is rather small but if you click to enlarge you will see the details in all their finery!

'Juicy pear' - watercolour sketch ©Caroline Soer

Love the colours in this mossy bank!

The aubergine collection

Mangosteens - Watercolour ©Caroline Soer

One of my favourite Malaysian fruits!


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