Another paint along – this time Charles Reid. I’m getting a little frustrated with these paint-alongs. I’m not really sure that I learn anything very much. It’s really hard to concentrate on your own painting when you have half an eye on what they’re doing. That and the fact you don’t have the real still life in front of you means you don’t really learn much about translating what your eyes see into what goes onto the paper.
I think this means fewer copies and time to branch out on my own yes?
Update: I Put a different background in. Any better? Possibly.
Not really sure why I started this one really. After all the trauma with the owls and everything. Anyway I think I was trying to apply the methods used in the John Lovett fish to some other type of creature and this is the result.
Not very happy – the background is insipid and put a bit of holly in its beak we could have a twee Christmas card. Quite like the top bit of the branch though.
Here he is in a close to finished state. I still want to get some more depth to the eyes and tone down the blooms in the background but he’s almost there.
Yes here we are again with the owls. I’m quietly confident this will turn out well. I’m not actually going to do too much more on the body area – I’ll keep it loose and vague and put more detail in the face.
Getting a bit tired now and this was a little half hearted. The trees took a while to get the hang of – instructions were use the corner of a 1 inch flat brush and flick. After a page or two of failed flicked trees I settled on a fairly wet mix and using the trailing corner to flick up and out. Gave something approaching the effect asked for.
Really enjoyed this one – lots of line and dry brush to give texture. I started without reading the instructions (as usual) and discovered I should have used rough paper. This is a quarter sheet of cold pressed Fabriano Artistico but it seems to do the job.
And again sitting under a mat – wonky as usual as the paper crinkled.