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.

Prints are available at fine art america of this
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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.

Prints can be brought on fine art america of this  

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)  🙂

Heron Acrylic painting

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My latest completed painting is this Heron, he was painted on a Fredrix canvas pad with Liquitex basics acrylics. It was painted from a reference photo that I took at London Zoo. There are lots of Herons at London zoo and I saw many in different enclosures, this particular one was taken whilst he was in with the Otters, he was much easier to take a decent shot of than the otters who didn’t want to look up as they were too busy eating!

This painting measures 20×20 cm on a 22.9×30.5 medium texture fredrix canvas.

Prints are for sale through fine art america https://fineartamerica.com/featured/heron-painting-isabel-proffit.html?newartwork=true 

I have also recently started listing some of my originals for sale through ebay.

You can keep up to date with whatever I’m working on through the following social media. I’m currently working on a picture of a Gyr falcon, for it I’m working from a reference photo I took at a local farm open day where Hawkeye Fanconry UK were showing their birds.

Facebook – Isabel Proffit Artwork 

Twitter @IsabelProffit

Instagram @Isabel_Proffit

A Moth in Acrylic

No one wants to paint a moth, right?

Well apparently I did.  DSC05844

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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Robin in a tree

On Monday I finished this acrylic painting of a Robin on canvas board. I quite like it,  even if the trees have a bit of a pink tinge to them, it just adds to their individuality.   This took me about a week probably to do, but involved a lot of me just leaving it to get on with other things and of course work as usual.

The photo for inspiration was this  from paint my photo.

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Birds and Flowers acrylic painting

Today, in between adding a few more rounds to a seemingly never ending knitting project I’m doing. I finished a canvas board acrylic painting that I’ve been on and off working on for the past week.

Acrylic painting, on canvas board, finished 12/07/2015.  My pictures tend to normally just have one main focus but this one was more of an experimentation as everything all together is more to focus on.  My main inspiration for this painting was the idea that I wanted to do something red. I was really captivated by the idea and so I naturally thought the best was to do it was the contract between red and green.  Creating the green background was certainly fun, I wanted to get as many different tones in it as I could.  Then I just had to decide what to actually paint on it once the background had dried.   As a child I always liked tulips, yet hadn’t actually drawn or painted them since then.

I then added a layer of white onto where I would put the tulips and the other objects.  This allowed me to not only have an idea of what the finished thing would look like, as well as having a guide of where to paint, but also meant that the further colours once added would stand out a lot more. This allowed for a sort of natural shading effect.

023  With the bird, I used my new acrylic mediums I got to today to experiment with the different effects. This created a sort of shine and transparency that I think helps to give the bird slightly more realistic feathers.

024 By far my favourite little detail to this painting is the little ladybird.