Watercolour portraits offer a real opportunity for me to capture the subject in a setting. This can be a room, an interior, or a landscape scene. Watercolour is an amazing medium to work in, it offers a soft, subtle feel which is particularly appropriate when painting animals. However, how to achieve the depth of colour and contrast required when painting a Labrador for instance? Well, I need to work in a particular way, painting numerous layers whilst still aiming to achieve translucency and maintain the real quality of watercolour.