This cute little harvest mouse is SO sweet, hanging out in some grasses (OUTSIDE where he belongs) that I just had to paint him.

In this tip video I specifically wanted to show you how I went about painting the defined hairiness of the mouse fur, without losing the form of his body as a whole.  

Potentially tricky in watercolour!

I hope this encourages you to take on the challenge of a furry subject!

If you do, don’t forget to show me by posting via social media using #AnnaMasonArt.



  1. Rocio Valle 3 years ago

    I liked this tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  2. Brenda Smyth 3 years ago

    You are so frigging amazing

  3. Elaine 3 years ago

    Love your work!

  4. Beverly Parkison 3 years ago

    How could you not love this mouse? beautifully real looking.

  5. Beverly moolman 3 years ago

    Oh How lovely! Thanks for sharing !

  6. novani 3 years ago

    Anna, I always love your paintings…but this one is totally adorable!
    You are a great painter! Thank you for sharing..

  7. 3 years ago

    thank you for a truly inspirational tutorial. I had ‘painters block” now I’m off and away again.

  8. Carole Jurack 3 years ago

    Thank you for this tip video. The mouse is adorable and so life-like amid those green grasses. Will give this technique a go on a bunny rabbit!

  9. Elizabeth Pantoja 3 years ago

    I love you work, thanks for sharing!. Regards

  10. Yvonne 3 years ago


  11. sarina 3 years ago

    excellent. thanks. you’re a very thoughtful teacher.

  12. Farrukh Sheikh 3 years ago

    You always give painting tips in a very simplified way. Amazing to see magic of your each brush stroke. Thanks for polishing my inner artist with your lessons.

  13. Mary 3 years ago

    Anna you are truly an inspiration love your work

  14. Jennifer 3 years ago

    SO CUTE!!!! I love painting animals and critters. I love this video! Thank you!

  15. Jean 3 years ago

    Thank you for the tip video. Inspired by your video, I did a little practice of a puppy this weekend and decided to practice more paintings of animals. Thank you!

  16. Sandra Powers 3 years ago

    Anna, This is my first time to watch any of your tutorials. I have to tell you, it was absolutely amazing! My experience with watercolor is still in the beginner stage, but I aspire to keep learning and practicing, more! I am currently enrolled in an in-person watercolor class. My teacher’s technique is very different from yours, but she is very good! This is the first watercolor class I have ever taken. My former painting experience has been mostly in acrylics, with some oil painting in the past. I also have become quite interested in art journaling, which is interesting and fun! You get to interact with other like-minded artists from all over the world…….how state-of-the-art, we have all become!!!
    I haven’t enrolled in your classes yet, but definitely am going to keep this on my list! I seem to love all of everything ! Just before stretching myself a little on the thin side!
    Have a wonderful day or evening, depending on where you are, at the moment!

  17. Vivienne 2 years ago

    OK – I am inspired now! First I spent the whole day painting a pear (led on by your free tutorial) – it took me nearly 9 hours, but the result was worth the effort. Then I watched your video on painting a hand, and now I see the field mouse. I think I will have to sign up for the school…

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      So pleased you’re feeling fired up Vivienne!

  18. Nicoline Mann 2 years ago

    Hi Anna! I adore this painting and so many of your others! Do you use a light box to transfer the photo image to your watercolour paper in order to paint it?

  19. Katie Kirk 10 months ago

    Hi Anna, just wondering what size brush you used for this mouse? As a beginner, I am wanting to go buy my first fine brushes, and I want to make sure I have the right brush to paint this in the future! Thanks for your amazing work!

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