Adorable Pine Marten Greeting Cards
I’ve recently added Pine Marten greeting cards to my growing collection of wildlife greeting cards. Pine Martens are adorable to look at, but can have a nasty bite if they feel hemmed in or threatened. You generally don’t see them in the day, they start appearing just before dusk. You have more chance of seeing them in Scotland, near or in woodland.
The Pine Martens are very partial to jam, so if you’re thinking of going in search of them, have some jam handy. I know there are holiday cottages in Scotland, that say they have sightings of pine martens in their gardens. So smear some jam on a slice of bread at dusk, place it in the garden on a ledge, branch or rock and wait and see if they turn up!
Creating Pine Marten Watercolour Designs
As a watercolour artist I have been studying and sketching Pine Martens for awhile. I used all sorts of references (including research conducted by individuals as well as societies) to help me understand them more. Also I’ve been out trying to track them down in the woodlands of Scotland. A lot of patience is needed to study these beautiful elusive animals. They are definitely worth the effort, because when you see them with their thick chocolate coloured fur, curling bushy tail and pin sharp eyes, you know you’re seeing something special.
I have used my own photograph resources and pencil sketches to help create watercolour paintings of the Pine Marten. There are hours and days of work that go into creating these watercolour cards.
Layers of watercolour brushstrokes on Pine Marten
First I paint with light washes of watercolour and then I start to add darker tones. I use small short brushstrokes of paint to create a sense of fur movement. The Pine Marten Greeting Cards have lots of layers of paint to show how luxurious their fur coats are. There are hundreds of brushstrokes applied to each wildlife watercolour painting.
Collection of 12 Pine Marten Greeting Cards
I have painted a collection of 12 watercolour greeting cards designs for the Pine Marten card collection. I have tried to reflect on their behaviour, their posture and have placed them in locations that you usually find them. They are clever and curious little animals, that deserve our support and appreciation.
In this post I show the process of painting two of the Pine Marten watercolour paintings. There are also paintings of pine marten couples, surrounded by wildflowers and also a painting of a pine marten with her playful kits. Hopefully you can find a beautiful greeting card to suit any occasion. You can always get in touch if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Pine Martens discovered in Shropshire
I’m a Shropshire artist, so I try to keep up to date with all the wildlife news that’s happening in Shropshire. Its been lovely to hear, that the pine marten has recently (2015) been discovered in Shropshire. For over 100 years they were thought to be extinct in Shropshire. The Shropshire Wildlife Trust is raising funds to carry out research and monitor the pine martens activity.
Completed Pine Marten Watercolour designs
These are two of the twelve completed Pine Marten Greeting Cards. Hope you like them and you can click on the links to see the rest.