Goosey Gander

Skills: Birds, Fairytales

Goosey goosey gander. 5″x7″ on watercolour paper


Inspiration. This fairy tales collection is inspired by an obsession with history, 19th century photography, and fairy tales.

The Watercolour Process. Every image starts with an outline. First I draw in pencil, then erase all but the finest trace. Next I begin to add the details with a brush. I aim to get ideas down on paper quickly. The best works emerge when I let the paint do the talking. I enjoy filling the page with flat washes of colour, and adding tiny details with the very tip of the paintbrush. Many of these were painted while my newborn daughter was napping, so speed and intuition were key to the painting process.

Here is the Goosey Gander nursery rhyme in full:

Goosey goosey gander,
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
And in my lady’s chamber.