Just fancied painting a kingfisher. Tried to get him nice and sploshy.
Bird day today. Need a rest from the cityscapes. Quite a successful quetzal although this was the second go.
First go which wasn’t very satisfying :
t’s been a bit of a struggle recently. The brushes aren’t moving the way I want which is always demoralizing. This one is the best one for a few days.
Isn’t it always the way. You write a blog post on one day. You say how the preliminary sketches never come out right and it’s a really good way of working out problems. The next day you sit down and do the exact same thing and the sketch turns out to be the finished thing.
At the prompting of my CMO (i.e. James) a Christmassy painting was ordered. Apparently there had to be a snowman with a carrot nose, a tartan scarf and a robin perching on him. Well the tartan scarf wasn’t going to happen and since when do snowmen have tartan scarves anyway? But the rest seemed like a good idea so off I went. There wasn’t much reference material to be found so this is mostly from imagination but he came out well.
Happy Holidays to everyone - I will mostly be trying not to eat too much.
I don’t usually do preparatory sketches for the birds. Most of the design work can be done just by making a good choice of pose. Something that’s characteristic of the bird but also makes a good shape and pattern of light and dark. This time I thought I’d try something different and start with a rough watercolor sketch=. This is what came out.
Yeah right. I mostly learned what not to do in the final painting but maybe that’s the point?
Anyway - after a rocky start I was very happy with the final painting.
Well not really. It’s kind of in between turkey days right now. I hadn’t tried a turkey before and they’re surprisingly tricky. Really enjoyed this one even though the result is a little scrappy.
Not a great photo as my daylight lamp is now in an awkward place after my studio reorganization.
Nice and loose bird though. Keeping those edges soft without losing definition.
An owl commission came in last week for a saw-whet owl. There’s always a bit of pressure with commissions as you never know whether the magic will appear at the right moment. After a little bit of a shaky start this little chap came together well. I wanted to keep the intensity of the eyes and everything else a little loose. Very pleased - let’s see if the customer likes it as much as I do.