This illustrates the problem wolf safe fences are meant to solve: a wolf jumping over an ordinary fence. Some sheep farmers say not even electricity keeps these carnivores away, while others say it does. I don’t know but I appreciate the efforts to let us have both wolves and sheep.
This is a displaying lapwing painted on commission for Anser, the south Swedish ornithological magazine. The layout requires some empty space for the text, leaving the composition with a semi-finished look at this stage.
My wooden easel is an awkward hulk but thanks to Peter Ward’s excellent Watercolour Log I found this bracket that converts my old birding tripod into a plein air easel. The only downside is I can’t use my telescope when I paint unless I buy another tripod, so avian motifs may suffer.
The importance of water retension is why I've insisted on using natural hair brushes so far, but I just found Escoda Ultimo with imitated squirrel hair to do the job just as well. They are also cheap and I expect them to last for a few years, which natural hair doesn't. I bought two mop brushes size 10 and 18 and now I'm looking at the round pointed ones.