Last night I finished this watercolour fox piece.
It was painted in my daler rowney mixed media sketchbook with Sakura Koi watercolours. The reference photo came from pixabay.
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I was going for a more serious look on this fox, but it turned out cuter than intended, which I’m actually rather happy with. This is the first painting or drawing of a fox I’ve ever done.
Other firsts this week have been an acrylic painting of elephants and a portrait in acrylic, both of which can be seen on my instagram.
For anyone interested in finding out more about fur foxes, I highly recommend checking out my friend Kats’ website https://kaiswayridgefoxes.com there’s lots of cute pictures of her foxes and interesting information. The site is named in honour of one of her foxes Kai who was unfortunately recklessly released by someone
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
Not my most realistic piece, but I like it!
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) 🙂
No one wants to paint a moth, right?
Well apparently I did.
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.
- Liquitex basics acrylic paint
- Fredrix medium texture 9 x 12 canvas pad
- Reference photo – taken by me 🙂
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 🙂
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.
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.
- 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.
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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Created using watercolour pencils to make a card for someone. I did this in many different layers so that different colours came out well and showed depth. The feathers had several different oranges, reds, browns and yellows used on them and the dark bits of the feathers had purple, blue and green used on them, this was to show the variations in colour and reflection as well as to make it not look as flat as it would have with just black on it.
The last picture of 2015, it’s certainly been a year full of a lot of changes, some good like keeping my job amidst a few redundancies, I’ve met some of the best, kindest and most entertaining people in 2015 and I’ve started to see some people and my life in a very different light. However the year was overshadowed by the biggest sadness I’ve possibly ever felt in losing Melody. Hopefully 2016 brings with it better times and a lot more creativity. 🙂
I enjoyed doing this picture and playing around with my new Derwent watercolour pencils that I got for Christmas. It’s certainly nice having the full set of 72 to utilise.
The reference photo is from paint my photo
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Happy New Year to everyone and hopefully 2016 works out better than this year has 🙂