Before I ran off to work I found an image of a puma, and sketched it quickly using a 4B pencil, the most effective use of fifteen minutes in my whole week sadly. This image was sketched on recycled paper.
I’ve been practising trying to paint smaller which hasn’t been going too well, but I did manage a little grubby frog which I framed and he looks pretty content sitting in there. Painted using watercolour, ink and white pen, A5 in size.
It’s been a slow week of progress but I did manage to get painterly with some pelicans. I’m not terribly pleased with them, I have too many colours going on and the choice of palette isn’t terribly focused.
I feel the drawing underneath is always much more interesting than the finished watercolour, and through the layers of paint I lose that detail which is horribly frustrating.
I thought I’d show you the more interesting stages of a luminous masking tape beastie, using masking tape I secure rolled up tubes to a carrier bag base until I have a rough skeleton, then the cutting and shaping of hundreds of sticky tubes takes place. I always think a work in progress is much more interesting half way finished than the final version especially in sculpture.
I know this is a bit late in the day, but I actually tried out the advice that water colourists all over the internet had been screaming this whole time — wet your paper before you paint! I was sceptic that this would make any difference but through a few experiments, wetting your paper and allowing it to dry before applying paint meant no paper buckling, which is fantastic, no more weird looking bent up paintings, hoorah!