Newton Watercolor Society – First Prize Winner for Wildlife


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Well this should stop my grumbling for a while. I received this email a while ago and boy am I chuffed! So much thanks to the juror Barry Van Dusen and Gitty Schacher and all at Newton Watercolor Society for choosing this for first place in the ‘Best Wildlife’ category. Lovely comments from Barry – it seems I managed to pull off what I was hoping for. The show will be online only in October – more details as I know them. Very excited about this and many congratulations to all the other winners.

Of Birds and Bridges


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More small sketches to day. I started doing a very quick bird value sketch but it quickly turned into something more so I left it at the sketch stage. I risked a background in which I don’t usually do but the risk paid off.

The second one was fun to do. The colors are so glorious and the dark foliage of the trees lends itself to loose brushwork. I made a dog’s breakfast of the sky but it has a certain charm nonetheless.

(Edit: A facebook friend tells me this looks like the Mackinac bridge in Michigan. I have to agree)


Black-Shouldered Kite #3

Black-Shouldered Kite. Michele Clamp. Watercolor

The more I looked at yesterday’s effort the more I was unhappy with it. So back to the drawing board today to see what I could change. The main thing from yesterday was that
HUGE

wing so I did a quick study to see if a modified version would work.


Yup that looks a lot better. I also lightened up the shadow areas and loosened up the brushwork on the wings to keep the focus on the head. Much happier this time round.

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From a fantastic photo from Dave Nightingale in the Reference Images for Artists facebook page. The photo is almost too good to paint but I wanted to do a very loose bird painting after all the precision painting over the last couple of months.

I wasn’t sure whether it is finished or not. I’m tempted to do more on the wings and more detail in the face but I’ll leave it until tomorrow to decide.