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.
Something sleek with dramatic darks and whites. I’m finding it less satisfying to paint small these days. I’m feeling the need for larger areas with broader brushstrokes and interesting color variations. But this small one is pretty good nonetheless.
This is a lovely house literally a stone’s throw away from us and always looks so lovely nestled in the trees. After my wrestling match with the Zbukvic scenes I thought I’d try something in a small 5.5″ x 7″ format to see if anything had rubbed off. Frankly I don’t think so but it came out well nonetheless.
It was the end of the work day and I put down the keyboard and quickly dashed this one off. I had some decent paper but only a waterbrush and my small portable watercolor pans. Even so it had to be done.
The first washes. I was very glad of the good Arches paper I had as this made it much easier.
The final thing. Not too bad given the circumstances.
This is a bit of a departure for me but I needed some preparation work for another project. Someone has requested a large picture of ‘dogs playing pool’. Yes. Quite. But it is a bit of a challenge and I haven’t had a lot of success with dogs before so some exploration is required.
Turns out that bulldogs are quite fun to paint and a bit like painting people. I think he came out quite well. A bit tentative but not bad for a first attempt.
Something a little different today. Enjoyed this one very much. Tried to keep things simple, loose and colorful. Nothing overworked and very little detail.
In other news the new painting room is now fully equipped. I have my new painting cart and leaning desk and we found a light in the basement that works really well for direct lighting. I even have a mat to catch paint splatters to keep them off the carpet. Much easier than balancing everything on my knees. At some point I’ll have to change the wall color but for now there’s no excuse for paintings not to come out thick and fast.
Well it had to happen sometime but not usually this early in the month. Nothing went right and everything was a struggle. The drawing is askew, the washes are muddy and the reflections just wouldn’t behave. I couldn’t rescue it even throwing caution to the wind and slapping some broad color washes on at the end. I’m definitely out of practice – too many birds.
Does a cropped version help? No, not really.
Postscript: I came back into the room after washing my pots out and found the poor thing felt so bad it had thrown itself off the easel onto the floor.
Day three already. I’m still setting up the new painting room and the light isn’t great. Hence the somewhat subdued color. I’m not too displeased with this although I was winging it pretty much the whole way through. Onwards and upwards.
Oh and I’m out of cerulean blue again! How does this happen?