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Leaping Orca

Finished at last! A lot of energy went into this small painting, to try to capture the power of this large creature, and the effect when it leaps out of the water. Orcas can grow up to 9 metres or so in length and weigh up to 10,000 kg, so there’s a huge amount of dynamism in this movement.

Orcas are quite often seen in the Hebridean waters off the west coast of Scotland, where I live, and more frequently off the north coast. Though they are often mistakenly referred to as “killer whales”, orcas are in fact the largest members of the dolphin family, as you can see by the way they leap.

I was delighted to find that the work was immediately chosen to be featured by the Women Painters Group – thank you so much for selecting it for the Sunday gallery.

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Leaping Orca - Work in Progress

Even in watercolour painting, things tend to get a wee bit messy as work advances, especially for a subject as dynamic as this one.

Note to budding artists: this is no way to treat your paintbrushes, unless you can afford to buy new ones frequently…

The orca will be ready to join my Redbubble portfolio soon… I hope.

I have only just returned to Redbubble after a long absence, so I was delighted to have two of my wildlife paintings featured by the Women Painters’ Group in the past 10 days. Many thanks to the curators who took the time to look at my work.

The Adventures of Algy on Redbubble!

Algy – a unique and charming fluffy bird who has many thousands of followers all around the world for his photo and GIF adventures on Tumblr, and who features as the protagonist in his very own series of illustrated children’s chapter books – made his debut on Redbubble this Easter weekend!

Algy is so excited to be appearing on a range of colourful Redbubble merchandise!

If you would like to learn more about this lovable character whose adventures in the wild west Highlands of Scotland have brought him many wonderful friends and loyal fans from all round the world, you can:

Follow Algy’s adventures on Tumblr

Follow Algy on Facebook

Visit Algy’s own web site

Algy is thrilled to be appearing here on Redbubble too, and he sends all his new Redbubble friends lots of fluffy hugs :)

Redbubble Community and Reviews

I’m still finding my way round Redbubble, having only joined a couple of weeks ago, but I’m delighted to discover such a friendly and active community of artists and groups here. I hadn’t realised that there was such a strong social element to Redbubble. It’s great to make new friends, and discover new artists’ work :)…

It’s a pity that the design of the RB site doesn’t allow better interaction with customers and potential customers as well as fellow artists – I’m surprised that the number of “hearts” and views are not displayed publicly, as they are on other similar sites. I would have thought it was in RB’s interest as well as the artists’ to do this.

Like many other artists (as I discovered from the forums) I’m horrified that generic reviews – which are often critical – appear on indivi

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