How to paint pale fur in watercolour

This white hamster provides great practice in learning to paint fur. ????

And it’s especially helpful for anyone who finds they tend to take their watercolours too dark, too quickly. 

In this little video I show you how to build fur texture AND keep nice and pale as you do it:

I hope this inspires you to try painting fur this weekend – and helps you to stay subtle with your paint!

If you enjoyed the video, please leave me a comment below, it always puts a smile on my face to read them.

Happy painting,

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  1. Andaleeb on February 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you Anna, a very helpful video. Was thinking about painting a cardinal. Am thinking that could possibly apply the same technique. Hope both Ben and Fern are doing well. All the best

  2. Susan R Eastman on February 4, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    He is so cute…would love to work with you but am doing two classes now and need to find time to get everything done before I take on any more…

  3. Janine on February 4, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you so much I just love watching the painting progress even though I’m not a painter myself. You do such a splendid job..

  4. Laura on February 4, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you Anna for sharing so many tips for painting! I will be painting some little animals soon, so this was helpful.

  5. Paty M. on February 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    So cute 🙂 Thank you!

  6. Teresa López Sans on February 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Dear Anna as always your videos are very didactic and “appetizing”, I always thought I would never know how to paint the fur of an animal, but you make everything very easy. I don’t know if I will be able to paint it successfully, but I really want to try it, we’ll see if it works out well. Thank you very much for making any topic very easy to learn. Sorry for the translation.

  7. Suzanne Linch on February 4, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Most have a practise, as I love Wildlife.

  8. Lela Sedam on February 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I am a beginner, but I absolutely loved painting this little guy and feel it turned out to be one of my best paintings so far. Would like to see more tutorials on animals. Am planning to do the hummingbird tutorials next – I know they are intermediate but want to give them a try anyway!

  9. Keith Chaplin on February 4, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Loved hammy but made him too dark so great tutorial but more attempts needed.
    I love everything about my membership and treasure your weekly emails, kind regards Keith

  10. Sharol Ann Sullivan on February 4, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Fantastic…I love everything you do. So glad I stumbled across your website.
    Thank you so so much!

  11. Kris Mason on February 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I had fun doing this for my granddaughter, Leah, who has a hamster that looks just like this one. Her name is snowflake and she is a little bit grayer than the one you painted. So the fact that my painting is a little darker than yours actually worked in my favor as it looks just like her hamster. I gave her the painting for Christmas.

  12. RoseV on February 4, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Love the little guy. So now – you are looking after your children and a little hamster. I can just imagine the weather is awful and you are housebound.
    Please visit South African – you will love the sunshine and the plants. A very beautiful country with lots of subjects.

    Take care

  13. mercedes on February 4, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Anna is a very successful video, because it is difficult to keep the tones balanced in such light colors. I check your blog frequently, and a few days I will receive your book. Thanks, thanks for everything you give.

  14. Anne on February 4, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I always love to color and paint. I think I can do it this time. I will give your technique and style a try. I know that the video is a big help. Thank you Anna!

  15. Gabriella on February 4, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you for your video Anna. I am Italian and if you write your instructions, I can translate them with Google. I don’t understand very well the English language. But your videos are very helpful and interesting.

  16. Kateryna Reshetniak on February 4, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Anna,

    This little fellow is soooo adorable and the painting is so realistic! Love it! Can’t wait to try to paint it myself! 🙂

    Kindest regards,

  17. Sue Higgins on February 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, l am about to start a weimaraner in coloured pencil but wanted to do a watercolour base. This has helped enormously
    Thanks Anna!

  18. Melissa Aldosari on February 4, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Hahaha, that little guy made me smile and lol!
    This painting is so inspiring Anna! When you did the eyes, he/she became so real! I hope you and your family are all doing well!
    Now I’m off to paint some fur!
    Lol, I can’t stop giggling at that little guy running on his wheel, then looking at the camera while in your desk!

  19. Debbie on February 4, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for the video. WC is one of those mediums where getting too dark in the beginning is definitly easy to do. Can always go darker but not lighter unless you’re using gouche. And sometimes, less IS more.

  20. Jenny Saunders on February 4, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Anna! I love this 5 minute quick tip format. I’m not a hamster fan, but I do tend to paint too dark too quickly so this was very helpful.

  21. Linda Harris on February 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much Anna for sharing so many great painting tips with us. Loved your hamster. You are super talented.

  22. Craig Nelson on February 4, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    It’s very nice doing a hamster,a change from all the florals.

  23. Anne Bergan Nicolaysen on February 4, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you so much. Very helpful and inspiring. Haven’t done wc for many years. Colored pencils are what I am using now. But this video gave me inspiration to start using wc again

  24. Maggie on February 6, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Loved the little hamster evolving, and love your encouragement.

  25. Judith McCartney on February 6, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Loved the video of you painting the hamster Anna.

  26. Marilyn Hansen on February 11, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Watching your video I know I am on the right track! I wanted to say that I purchased your brushes through Rosemary & Co. because the brushes are always the best, and they are a pleasure to work with. I’ve been working on some floral pictures as well. Thank you for the help and inspiration!

  27. Anna Mason on February 14, 2020 at 10:57 am
  28. Heidi on February 28, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent. There are times that I don’t want to paint because I don’t want the result but your works are very inspiring to pick up that brush and paint. 🙂

  29. Carol on February 28, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Hello Anna, I’ve painted the pear and now considering signing up for your online school. Are your school tutorials as in depth as the pear or are they brief as with the mouse? With the online school, are students given the opportunity to repaint a piece if they feel they could do better? Last question, do you use the same brushes for most paintings? Many thanks

    • Amy Adams (Team Anna Mason Art) on February 28, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Thanks for your question Carol – we’ve emailed you in more detail, but in brief, the tutorials are full length video tutorials like the free Pear class. The Harvest Mouse class is also full length, you will have just seen a shorter overview video. As a paid member you’d have access to all 70+ tutorials and can complete them at your own pace and as many times as you like. Anna does use the same brushes for all her paintings and you can find links to buy them here:

  30. Karen Sauers on April 9, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I just finished watching your class on Bluprint. WOW! I started with watercolors when making Christmas cards this last year. That was the first time I had picked up brushes at 71 years old. I learned more from your class than anything I had read, watched or tried up to that point. Thank you for somehow making it all “click” and have just bought your Watercolour World from Amazon and waiting by the mailbox!!

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