Eurasian Eagle-Owl

DSC05912.JPG My latest picture is of a Eurasian Eagle-Owl, birds are one of my favourite things to paint and I’m pretty happy with how this has turned out.

The reference photo came from pixabay, the paints used were Liquitex basics acrylic paints and surface painted on was a Fredrix medium textured canvas pad.

I really like how well the paints work for building up layers and doing glazes. Every section of this painted has multiple layers and glazes, even the background. Whilst painting it’s also really important to not just paint black and leave it as this can appear flat. To prevent this, another colour being glazed over it really helps to create more depth.

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Additionally, I also have this and a few other original paintings of mine for sale currently. Please check them out 🙂 here

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Gyr Falcon

Not my most realistic piece, but I like it!

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This painting was done from one of my own reference photos taken at the JC Farm open day, which was held during the open farm sunday event in the UK. This Gyr Falcon was one of my favourite birds from the Hawkeye Falconry UK birds that they had there.  If you’d like to know more about the birds, or just look at pretty pictures of birds of prey, their facebook page is right here  and equally the one for the farm is here, definitely worth checking out.

For the painting I used Liquitex basics acrylic paints on a Fredrix medium texture 9×12″ canvas pad.  I also added damask print to the background, because I like the way it looks and how the colours contrast with the background.

 

Considering prior to my most recent projects I wasn’t really a fan of using acrylic paints, I can definitely say that learning the techniques of glazing and using liquitex basics paints  has made acrylic painting much more enjoyable and the results seem to be getting a lot more on track with what I’d like.

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In other news, we have baby chicks, well at least one, so far. Little Caramel, out first hen to go broody has at least one little baby chicken to bring up.  So I’m sure lots of updates will follow about those as well as upcoming artwork.

Update 6/08/17 – this painting is now for sale on ebay, and a percentage goes to the RSPB if it sales, so it’s a good deed to check it out 🙂 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/253082107616?

Also, we now have at least 13 healthy chicks 🙂 it’s rather chick-tastic (okay, bad joke, I know)  🙂

A Moth in Acrylic

No one wants to paint a moth, right?

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I usually shy away from acrylics as  they tend to never go right for me. However I recently decided to try and make them work after getting some Liquitex basics acrylic paints.

As always, there’s plenty of room for improvement, but I do quite like this picture. Just need to get a frame for it now I think and put it somewhere.

As I took the reference photo myself, I’m giving anyone that wants to try and paint this permission to do so. If you do, please post it to my facebook page   as seeing what other people create is half the fun of this kind of community.

Materials Used:

  • Liquitex basics acrylic paint
  • Fredrix medium texture 9 x 12 canvas pad
  • Reference photo – taken by me 🙂

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A Christmas Watercolour

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I usually try to complete one bit of artwork in some way on Christmas Day. This year, I gave painting this Princettia a go.  It was painted from my own reference photo, and painted on Winsor & Newton water colour A5 cold pressed paper with Winsor & Newton cotman watercolours.

If I were to paint this again, I would do quite a bit differently, try to get more detail in there and also try to make the shapes look a lot more defined.

On a slightly different note…  Happy Christmas from the Chickens 🙂

Winter Valley Watercolour

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Watercolour painting created today using my Sakura Koi Water colours pocket field sketch box.  I only used 4 colours in this; yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, light red and a little burnt umber. It was painted on A5 Winsor & Newton cold pressed 140lb watercolour paper. There was no reference photo for this.

Watercolour pencil little bird

Watercolour pencil bird picture

I started this last night and finished it today,  one of the best and worst things about being slightly nocturnal, all the best ideas and the inspiration to do things comes at silly times of night.

Products used

  • Derwent watercolour pencils
  • Derwent A5 watercolour paper 140lbs
  • A Derwent number 1 aquabrush

I got the reference photo for this little guy off of morguefile. I began by drawing out the branch with a watercolour pencil, using number 61 which is Copper Beech,  I used this as it’s a mid range between the darker and lighter colours I would be using on the branch. I then placed in the outline for the bird using number 39 Turquoise Blue. Once I’d done that and was happy it was looking accurate, I began to block in the colours of brown for the branch.  I used several different shades and overlapped a lot of them to aid with them mixing once I added the water, once I was happy that it looked like a reasonably realistic branch (I obviously wasn’t going for total realistic detail with this one)  I used one of my aqua brushes to blend the browns together, being careful not to overwork any of the areas as the colour moves a little too much and risks losing some of the values and shades when that happens.

After I’d finished the branch I started adding the colour to the bird, I used greys, white and blues, including the one I did the outline with to do the majority of the birds colours,  I also used raw sienna and burnt sienna for the orange sections of the feathers,  then using my aqua brush I blended the colours together. Making sure that the brush strokes went in the same directions as the feathers. Once it’d had dried I then picked out highlights and darkened some areas by using my brush to directly take colour from the selected pencils to get finer detail.

When I was done with the bird I went through my background adding various greens, and blues including the ones used on the bird, overlapping several areas, I also added a brown in there to create the look of possible trees.  Then I just used my aqua brush on it, making sure the brush strokes didn’t all go in the same way.  I was going for more of a blurry look with the background to help make the bird and the branch stand out.

One of the reasons I love watercolour pencils so much is the ability to create quick projects with them.

 

Water Lily – Watercolour

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Drawn for a card, outlined with pigment liners and then painted with watercolour. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paints for this and it was the first time I’ve really used them.  They seem to be very pigmented and I like the look the colours have. I was using one of my aqua brushes for this but I think for these particular paints a normal paintbrush and water would be easier due to just how hard the colour can be to get off of an aqua brush.  

This was certainly fun to paint and it was my first time experimenting with using my liners and watercolour and I love the effect it’s created.  🙂

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