We have 6 ducks and yesterday I decided to paint our crested drake.
We’ve only recently got this pair and haven’t even named them yet, but he’s already been painted. I’ve been organised and already uploaded the speed paint video for this and prints are available at Fine art America and Society6. I’ll get round to uploading my Peacock painting on there shortly. Those that follow me on instagram will have seen that painting.
He was painted using winsor and newton gouache, I’m becoming quite a fan on this stuff and was completed on A4 Daler Rowney mixed media paper. I like how this paper handles things pretty well without warping too much. It’s also the paper that I’m using for my inktober pictures and it’s really nice not having to worry about the ink bleeding through into the page below.
I’ve recently been getting into using Gouache. It’s been fun to try out and I’ve been really happy with the results so far. I’ve been using Winsor & Newton Gouache.
Here are some of the results I’ve had so far
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
Additionally, I also have this and a few other original paintings of mine for sale currently. Please check them out 🙂 here
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 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.
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) 🙂
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
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 🙂
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