An owl commission came in last week for a saw-whet owl. There’s always a bit of pressure with commissions as you never know whether the magic will appear at the right moment. After a little bit of a shaky start this little chap came together well. I wanted to keep the intensity of the eyes and everything else a little loose. Very pleased - let’s see if the customer likes it as much as I do.
Today was one of those days where I completely forgot how to paint. The rest of the bird was terrible but the head wasn’t too bad.
I’ve been working larger on the last couple of paintings. Having seen my sunflowers up on the wall at Post Road Art and visiting the North East Watercolor Exhibition I can certainly afford some more paper real estate.
Going large has it’s own problems. Getting too tight and detailed is one. Not using a big enough brush and ending up with lots of little dabby strokes is another. Also the larger space allows you to put in much stronger color. In fact it needs it otherwise things look very washed out.
So this eagle looks pretty good to me. I may revisit and soften up some edges but it’ll depend what it looks like in the morning.
Edit: Great news! This won the People’s Choice award at Marlborough’s Post Road Art Center Open Exhibit. A nice Christimas present for me and I’m sure I’ll be stocking up on supplies from them with the prize money. Many thanks to all who voted and Randi et al at the Center.
It’s been a while. Lots happening here at Cuff and Clamp towers and the paint brushes have been lying idle. I’ve made a resolution to be more attentive to my facebook ‘Paint Colorful Birds for Fun Page’. This is a very laid back and, yes, fun page and deserves a bit of love. This week - herons!
Not as loose as my usual style. Definitely feeling my way through this one.
Thought I’d have another bash at storks as I didn’t get quite where I wanted to with the last try. Better but there is still something eluding me.
Edit: No. This chap is good. Took a couple of days to get under the skin.
Bit of a departure in subject matter here but I’ve learned you just have to go with your gut on these things. Very enjoyable and a great combination of subjects.
A painting of a very special dog. Looking good I think.