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) 🙂
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 felt like doing something a little different and I’d had this idea in my mind for a little while, so I turned a Bald Eagle into a Blue Eagle. The reference photo I used was http://pmp-art.com/angeline-rijkeboer/gallery/157941/bald-eagle
This was done in the same way most of my pictures lately have been, using both Polychromos and Luminance coloured pencils and blending using Gamsol (which is a paint thinner), and was created on Daler Rowney Aquafine hot pressed 140lb watercolour paper. I like using this paper because it’s nice and solid, allows a decent amount of layers, doesn’t seem to buckle at all under water or paint thinner, and also adds a bit of texture because it’s not completely smooth, which works out pretty well when drawing animals I think.
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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.
Cardinal in a tree done with watercolour pencils on Winsor & Newton A5 watercolour paper. The reference photo came from Morguefile.
This took me about half an hour – an hour to finish yesterday. It’s always nice just picking up watercolour pencils, drawing something and just going with it.
I started this on Saturday and completed it this evening.
It’s a picture of a young swan, hence all the grey and different tones on it.
It was created using Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache. The paper I did this on was Daler Rowney Aquafine aquarelle artists watercolour A4 hot pressed.
The reference photo is once again from Paint my photo, and actually from the same photographer as my Spaniel watercolour picture. A link to that is here
I did have a slight issue once I’d completed this picture, as I’d taped down the edges with masking tape, which is never normally a problem, but this time it stuck too much and ripped a bit of the paper, so it’s not the full A4 that it would have been. Thankfully I think I saved it well enough.
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I finished this one yesterday, it didn’t really turn out exactly how I wanted – probably not enough layers – but I’m still pretty happy with it.
It’s a black capped Chickadee, the reference photo came from paint my photo.
I used Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and A5 Derwent watercolour paper.
I’m still debating whether to put this one on fine art america or not. ( A link to my current selection on there is here.)
And now – on to the next project, although I’m not sure what that will be yet.
Today I finished off a picture I started on Saturday evening. It’s my first picture with my new pencils. I got the reference photo off of Morguefile.
I really am happy with how the pencils worked and how they blended and layered well and hope it’s the start of even better work to come. The background is especially something that I like how it turned out.
- Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils from the set of 24 I brought – These are really great from what I can see.
- Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache from the set of 20 – as I’d already heard, the white is pretty great, also really liked the other colours I tried out.
- Gamsol for blending – obviously keeping the container I put it into closed when not in use and being mindful to keep this away from the cats. This worked really well for blending, and didn’t take me too long to get used to how it works.
- The paper I used was Derwent watercolour paper – A5 – 140lbs – this let me do quite a few layers and generally seemed to work quite nicely, didn’t buckle at all when the blender was applied.
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.
Three card designs done in three days. Kind of an achievement for me, so not too much of a wasted bank holiday weekend, even if the weather today was so particularly rubbish. I spent much of today not knowing what I wanted to do, but ended up painting this little one. I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂
It’s a cute little Song Sparrow . The link to the reference photo is here