A commission came in a couple of weeks ago for a painting of dolphins. Now I haven't painted dolphins before and I knew as soon as heard the request that I wanted to have them jumping and lots of water splashing around. My next thought was - yeah and splashing water is really hard.
But I was excited to try this and spent a fair while looking at pictures of dolphins and water and made some sketches of how to group them
I knew as soon as I'd done the sketch that capturing the dolphin character wasn't going to cause too much trouble. They're such lovely shapes and are a pleasure to draw. The water however....
But in the end the water came out well. I wanted to contrast the loose splashiness of the sea with the smooth lines of the dolphins and I think that comes across well in the finished painting.
Very happy with this.