Was thinking about doing this as the last beginners’ class subject. However I think it’s a little too involved. Fun though.
Pass 2 on the Kathy Speranza rose workshop. This is lesson 6 and the second pass putting on color. I’m finding this tricky but slowly getting into the slow pace of things. Usually I would be finishing up by now but I think there are a few more steps to go. Each with a week’s drying in between so we’re in for the long haul. This one was refining the background, values and edges. I also introduced some more chroma into the centers. A very little paint goes a long way with this method and I’m starting to enjoy it very much.
Here is the first pass
Yesterdya’s Paul Foxton workshop session was cancelled but I thought I’d go mad and do a watercolor value study instead. Sheesh!!! So hard getting those close values in watercolor and still keep the form and light. But I think I did pretty darn well .
Here are some intermediates :
I was watching Kathy Speranza’s online rose course yesterday and thought I’d have a go. She makes it look so easy! And boy can she paint.
I’m not doing her exact method. She does an underpainting first and a number of preliminary drawings but I thought I’d have a go at the block in to see what happened. Pretty happy so far.
Just seeing if it was a fluke. Doesn’t seem to be 🙂
The initial block-in.
I’m gearing up for another Paul Foxton workshop and we had a free livestream paintalong today. Really pleased with this one and I’m loathe to touch it any more even though I can see areas where it needs it.
Here’s it alongside the reference.
Another day another bird. Keeping with the very loose remit. I think I’m good with this but time will tell.
Prints and other items are available on the Fine Art America Watercolor Birds page.
Another reference from the fabulous Dave Nightingale. This time a nankeen kestrel. Again kept it really loose and keeping those feathers fat and fluffy.
Haven’t done any birds in a while and this lovely reference from Dave Nightingale was lurking in the reference pile. Tried to keep things as loose as possible and it came out extremely well I think.