I’ve gotten into doing quick, small paintings at the moment. Usually to get myself into the mood before I start concentrating on other works.
I’m really enjoying them, and I love doing skies of extreme colour.
I’m finding them to be a real escape, there is something rhythmic and relaxing in producing them.
All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed. – Richard Adams, Watership down
Watership down is my favorite book. I shall ever be irked that it is sold as a children’s book just because its about Rabbits. If the characters were people it would be far from child friendly. I first read it by myself at 10, I barely understood half the vocabulary used. A gentleman at my art club today described it was “a reflection of the human condition but through Rabbits” which I feel is quite accurate in a way. It certainly is about how we still fight our hardships and celebrate their victory though we know it will only be fleeting.
I have had the above quote stuck in my head for a number of days now. I’m not certain that the Rabbits at work appreciated me reciting it to them though.
So two weeks ago i professed to be posting a video within a few days which was to be the first of a once monthly, tutorial, or art technique exploration. I actually recorded it the next day, and then failed to make any blog posts for nearly two weeks! For that I can only apologize, however I have been busy and exhausted all the time recently.
So without further ado: This video is a very brief overview of how I personally use water colours. It isn’t fantastic, and I really want to a get a better camera, find a clever way to rig it up, and maybe a better video editing program.
Also sorry if i’m unintelligible, i have quite a quick, quiet voice.
This is my latest piece to be completed. As i wish to get back into doing pet portraits I offered to do a number of free single pencil and water colour portraits for friend and family, to help build my portfolio a bit. The first was to be a birthday present for my cousin (It’s her 25th today) of her little king Charles spaniel Lottie.
Thankfully she loves it!
A friend of mine, whom i met on holiday as a child 18 years ago-ish is getting married in a week and a bit. She is getting married in Santorini , and unfortunately i am unable to go.
I am seeing her and her fiancé and family today so me and my mum have kade up this gift for them. An olive tree may not seem exciting but it means something to is, ive customised the trees pot by painting a rough interpretation of a view of Santorini, with acrylic, soft patel and plenty of sealant and home made tag.
I think its kind of cute!
I’ m not sure how well known I’ve made it, but I love frogs. I actually Paint them a lot, but usually I paint horned frogs, Bullfrogs and other big fat ground dwelling species. Last night i started new paintings to try out painting the negative spaces rather than the positive. ( WIP here) I chose to add some dart frogs, specifically Darts from the Oophaga Pumilio (Strawberry) family, as I think they are really beautiful, and come I so many colour morphs.
I finished them late last night. In all I’m rather happy, they have a much looser, “painterly” look, especially the one with the yellow frog.
In all I think the negative space painting can be really effective. I shall be doing more.
A friend of mine challenged me to paint a landscape from a painting. I am not a landscape artist and I rarely copy from photos. I still used it as more of a guide, rather than trying to depict the image directly. I found it very tedious, and boring. But I am pleased with the outcome. I am getting it framed tomorrow and it is being gifted to my grandmother (she has lots of empty wall space)
Water colour on 18″x14″ board. With a touch of gouache and Acrylic.
Photo it is based on is from here : http://josephrossbach.photoshelter.com/#!/index/G0000B7QfDGCnndk
Larger version of the full image can be seen here : http://zombieprincess.deviantart.com/art/Misty-water-485953794?ga_submit_new=10%253A1412273059&ga_type=edit&ga_changes=1&ga_recent=1