Hello again! I've managed to get the paints out and find the time for something more substantial than sketching. So, here we have a painting of a family of Great Crested Grebes that I photographed on the river a couple of years back.
This is acrylic, 8 by 12", and was painted based on a line and wash sketch (5 by 7"):
Which in turn followed on from a quick thumbnail sketch:
Nice subjects to paint for sure - they are beautiful birds. And I had fun with the water too...
Hello! The wet weather in the UK has kept me indoors, so no sketching out and about this week. I decided instead to work from some of the photos I took when I visited the Raptor Foundation a couple of weeks back.
These are all ink and watercolour - Faber Castell Pitt pens, straight in with the ink, no pencil drawing, just experimenting and building my confidence really. These have turned out better than I hoped, so, with confidence suitably boosted, I'm going to get the watercolour paper out and have a go... (trying to do watercolour washes on sketchbook paper is so frustrating!)
I visited the Raptor Foundation a couple of days ago (dodging the downpours and sweltering in the very hot sunny intervals...). Here are a few sketches.
All done with Faber-Castell Pitt pens. Owls are great models for the most part - they stay fairly still! I'll be going back soon to practise some more, and I'll try to draw some of the other raptors. It's a great way to spend an afternoon :-)
...and welcome to Sharon's Pics! Painting, drawing and printmaking inspired by the natural world is my thing - I love the challenge and it's great to see the subjects coming to life on the paper or canvas. I never get bored of it.
I also have another blog, Cambridgeshire nature notes, where you'll find drawings, sketches, studies, photos and general rambling on about the natural world as I find it...
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