There is soon to be an exhibition at the Amberley Inn nr Stroud which will include these artworks. The Koi fish painting was a joy to paint and now needs a nice frame. The exhibition will start on 1st September more details to follow. In the meantime here is Halcyon and Wilderness Pheasants with lots of yummy (inedible) gold leaf.
Bingo! Birds are arriving at my feeders today. I espied a Blackcap on the bush as he was pecking at the fat ball with such a cute hair do!
New Raven Original Painting
Here is my original painting which is now called The Gatekeeper in a nice chunky black A3 sized frame, it is a painting of a raven holding a key. Ravens are a common feature of ancient religion and mythologies from familiars of witches to the supernatural, from the carriers of souls and associations with good luck, to trickery and foreboding. According to legend, the Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens of the Tower of London are removed; care has been taken to ensure that they continue to inhabit the Tower as they have done now for centuries.
Simple Painting for Pleasure
Ok so this a mallard duck. The colours were irresistible. What more can I say.
Oh and that funny mustard colour water, well that was how actually was in real life
Sometimes I am asked where I get reference for my images. So here is how I get from an idea to a painting.
The initial idea is scribbled in my sketchbook. Usually my ideas arrive when I am not in my studio, it is most easy when my mind is wandering free. And hopefully my sketchbook is to hand. At this point it is terribly unrefined. Some of the sketches look like I cannot draw at all.
I then look for available references to get me to what I imagine that I wish to create. In this case it is a boy sleeping with wolves. I practice lots of sketches of wolves and sleeping children to get to know the shapes involved using the internet, books and my own photos if I have some.
Referencing and Practice:
I then use my practice sketches to make a convincing drawing of my original idea. It is important to observe copyright on other people’s images. They are used for practice and allow me to become familiar with the shapes.
My personal style then contributes to the form creating a painting which is truly unique. Finally others can see a hard copy of a snippet of my imagination. The paper trail you see here is useful to me as no sooner has the process been completed without this trail in a short period of time I would not remember how the image formed in the first place!
You may notice that I created the image and the background separately at first.
This painting is now nearly completed. My previous post shows my painting as of yesterday. Once the finishing touches have been made, I will scan it and post it into my Gallery page.
I often get ideas which would be impossible in real life, trying to make the idea look real is good fun. If you put a lion on top of an elephant, or you balance 3 magpies on top of one another, it has to be believable. Creating convincing images that are not like real life and making viewers believe the unbelievable is the greatest and most exciting challenge of all.
“Balancing Act” Prints Available.
Red and Gold are a favourite combination of mine, as are the colours Prussian Blue, Ultramarine and Alizarin Crimson. Red, Gold and Blue shine out from traditional Egyptian wall paintings, paintings from the renaissance, and religious paintings. Many colours are featured in the decorating of elephants for festivals yet I have been drawn to the deep blues, reds and gold so often used, and now echoing the colours of the recent Christmas period now nearly over.
My next Travelling Animal is an elephant. A revisitation to research I did for a picture of Harvey the Aardvark on his adventures with decorated elephants in the desert.
Embellished with gold leaf, and decorated with a hint of African textile patterns this elephant carries a crane feather.
Elephants are symbols of wisdom and strength and revered by African cultures. The crane (bird) is also known for its longevity, its lifespan similar to the African elephant some 40-60 years. The crane is also associated with wisdom and loyalty, and folklore has extended its lifespan to 1000 years.
I have combined these two animal symbols to encompass wisdom and power with loyalty. This has enabled me to show the gentle nature of the elephant delicately carrying the feather of a crane.
We have yet to find out where he is going…….