Caroline Green talks watercolours, children's books, and new dog-themed cards
"I love capturing animals in a variety of mediums, including; oils, pastel, and charcoal, and am particularly drawn to dogs with their unique characteristics...
"Having studied for a B.A in Fine Art at Cheltenham College of Art and Design, and then an M.A at Gloucestershire University that I completed in 2015, my work has become looser, with a bold use of colour. I love the challenge of using a particular medium to create movement. In this hound painting I tried to portray the lively expressive movements of the hounds, after all when they're on the move they're all over the place! I used oils with a limited palette and broad expressive strokes in this piece.
"My commissions can be challenging too, as I like to capture the personality as well as a likeness to each breed. These three lurches were at country show and I loved their distinct personalities, painting them loosely in watercolour and then going in with soft pastels to paint the textures of their lovely coats.
"To portray Oscar, my lovely Lakeland, with bags of character, I used pastel on a fine pastel sandpaper, and just concentrated on his lovely expressive face. Because he is the subject of my children's books, I use this painting when I talk about my stories, and he always seems to go down well!
"When I paint smaller commissions I often use watercolour, pen, and ink to create lively illustrations. These two characters had so much personality, but the little Jack Russell is definitely top dog!
"My Oscar books are another avenue I enjoy. I am constantly thinking of different scenarios that Oscar can be involved with as a new idea for a children's book. My first story, ‘Oscar and the Suitcase’ came about at the beginning of a summer holiday, when I'd got the suitcase down and Oscar eyed it ruefully, not sure that he'd be coming with us! Whilst on duty at a gallery, the plot came together for a story featuring my little dog, my four children, husband, and I. In the story Oscar hides an item from each of us but it doesn't work out how he'd planned! I've self-published, and the popularity of my books has enabled me to expand my series and have my first stories reprinted.
"My latest additions are a series of black and white cards of dogs. With a description of each breed on the back, I hope they will appeal to lovers of these dogs.
"I love capturing these amazing animals in different medium. Their personalities and particular characteristics make them a joy to work with."