I’ve been updating my instagram quite a bit, but thought I’d actually do a post on my current paintings. All three of these were done using Sakura Koi watercolours (one of my favourite watercolour sets) on Derwent 140lbs A4 watercolour paper – I like the smoothness of this paper which allows for more detail.
I completed all of these paintings only using one brush, it’s a number 10 SAA all rounder brush that I got for free after buying some other things from SAA So far I am totally in love with this brush for watercolours, it’s big enough for decent washes and yet also works well for detail.
The reference photo for both the Chicken and the Robin came from Pixabay. The cupcakes were sort of freestyled whilst also looking at various cupcake pictures on pixabay… safe to say it made me want cakes after that. 🙂
Prints are available of all of these on Fine art america
Robin –> https://fineartamerica.com/featured/summer-time-robin-isabel-proffit.html
Chicken –> https://fineartamerica.com/featured/chicken-isabel-proffit.html
Cupcakes –> https://fineartamerica.com/featured/cupcakes-isabel-proffit.html
Not entirely sure what kind of bird this is, which is unusual for me, but saw this picture on pixabay and thought “Hey, that’s pretty!” so that’s what I spent a bit of yesterday doing.
I drew it out on Winsor and Newton A5 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper. I love this paper because of the depth and character it feels like it adds to watercolours.
I used my Sakura Koi watercolours for the painting and tried to limit myself as to how many colours I was using, unlike usual where I try and use way too much of everything. Sometimes simple is best. The colours I used I think were Payne’s Grey, Crimson Lake, Permanent Deep Yellow, Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue and Yellow Green.
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 🙂
Well the weather’s quite terrible where I come from today, so here’s a nice little bright almost summery picture to hopefully brighten things up. This was just a little practice paint as I was mainly experimenting on trying to get the tone and shading right on the Rose.
Painted with my Sakura Koi Watercolours set and painted on A5 Derwent watercolour 140lb paper.
The reference photo came from paint my photo – http://pmp-art.com/breccabaroo/gallery/154697
DeviantArt – http://isabelproffitart.deviantart.com/art/Rose-591964794
Fine Art America – http://fineartamerica.com/featured/rose-isabel-proffit.html
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.
Created using Derwent watercolour pencils on A5 Derwent watercolour paper.
I ended up using pen for the body of the Butterfly as I liked the contrast between that and the black of the wings.
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
Prints are available at Fine art America – here
Happy New Year to everyone and hopefully 2016 works out better than this year has 🙂