My dad (who loved me enough to actually answer to "daddybunny" in public!) was a fantastic artist and many years ago when he was driving for a living he took a small box of watercolours with him, a little bottle of water, and a pad and on his lunchbreaks he would pull over somewhere picturesque and bring the landscape to life on the page.
As he progressed through his career he spent more time in an office but it didn't stop him painting and drawing. While working for a well known courier company he actually set up their first Cambridge depot and was given a commission to paint a massive mural for the new building. With a view of King's College on the back streets of Cambridge it was stunning.
He would spend many a happy hour painting at home and did landscapes, portraits, still life pieces; he was versatile as a little egg as my mum would say!
It makes me sad that his final painting was never finished. He tried so hard during his last weeks but he was in too much pain to focus and simply didn't have the energy left to sit or stand at the easel (He got small cell lung cancer). It would have been a wonderful oil painting. Still, my mum has many of his works in oil, watercolour, pastels, framed and hung so he's always around.
In his landscape paintings though, if you look carefully, you will always find a tiny little field mouse! I would spend hours hunting for them after a painting was completed...
I thought it would be kind of cool, as a little tribute to him, to include a mouse in any of my own landcape paintings and in this "Secret Garden" inspired watercolour you should be able to easily spot the little guy!