Here are some quick studies of owls, I didn’t have a lot of time this week as I succumbed to more dreary checkout work. For the painting I used a ruler to scratch off pastel pigments which seems to give my owl a rather interesting floral halo. I used my regulars; watercolour, ink, pastel and white pen for the barn owl painting.
I was feeling a little sluggish this past week so I think that’s why I decided to choose subject matter which reflected my state of body and mind, no offence to these beautiful animals!
In these images I’ve depicted a red river hog and a hippopotamus. I used watercolour, inks and white pen and as you can see, I’ve gone a bit splatter crazy with white gouache. I’ll do better next week!
It’s quite grey here in England, but I quite like the gloom. I especially like the gloom of the cold ocean and particularly the lively critters than live within it. Using watercolour, ink, white pen and pastel I tried to evoke the energy of these playful grey seals. I found some very good cold pressed watercolour paper which is a joy to use, I’ve thrown hardly any artwork away since using it!
I love chickens, they are too adorably spunky. So I set about Flickr to find a suitable picture to work from after being inspired by the work of Jean Haines. I found a picture of a chicken destined, unfortunately for the dinner table and used watercolour, ink and white pen to celebrate the endearment I felt for her this week.
Forgiveness! I was experiencing a creative block so I hadn't updated my website for a week, but I have unclogged my brain and got down to some serious painterly scribbling, and really enjoying it too.
I’ve used my ink and watercolour as normal but I have introduced pastel in the background which I thought looks better than my normal confused approach.
I never thought of using pastel to cover large areas but looking at James Bartholomew’s work recently awakened me to the brilliant creative work produced in pastel.
After wasting a considerable amount of paper and time on producing work inspired by many different artists and expecting to make work similar to them, I got into quite a state and was stressing about where my own talents lie.
I had to push all influence out to be able to start making work I enjoy again, influence is good, obsessing is really bad.