Not a great photo... and a work in progress so it may be hard to see the details, but this is the first oil painting that I have worked on in over five months. The cats had a very long cat-nap this afternoon so I stole the opportunity to pull out the oil paints. It took a few minutes to get back in the grove of using oils... but, this is a good start. In a few days when the paint dries, I'll be adding another layer and I'll post an update then.
Another quick little chickadee painting... this time with lots of colour! I spent most of the evening cutting watercolor paper for more watercolor paintings and priming canvas for oil paintings. I have been enjoying watercolours... but getting the itch to play with the oil paints again. We'll have to see how this is going to work with the cats.
Another little lunch time painting tonight... It feels great to take a break from the more detailed paintings with these little guys. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and the trees are starting to ever so slightly turn colours. Its a wonderful time of the year (one of my favourites) and lots of fall themed paintings are in the planning stages.
I have far too many paintings on the go... but I find that I can rotate through them so as I get frustrated with one I can move on to another. This one is a surprise for someone of their late kitty "Spider". I'm taking my time with this guy hoping to get a good likeness.
I have gotten further on my works-in-progress... but, thought I would post a picture of my little helpers. They seem to, at times, get jealous of the time I spend painting and do what they feel is necessary to get my attention. I suppose when I am painting the best place to do that is at the easel. More painting updates will be posted tomorrow.
Happily finished this one tonight and on to the next. I'm really happy with this way this owl turned out and I think I am starting to figure out this Aquabord (I have 8 more 4 x 4's to play with). I've kept my palette fairly simple for this painting... in some ways. I used pretty much every Daniel Smith brown I own, indigo blue, and new gamboge (also both Daniel Smith watercolour paints).
As promised, an update on the owl painting. I've managed to get a fair amount done on this guy with only a little bit more left on the body and neck. Another update (an possible the finally) will be posted tomorrow.
These may seem a little out of order... I usually have a couple of paintings on the go, at home and at work. This one was completed at work during my lunch hour... I struggled with it a little as I just couldn't get the colours that I wanted. In the end, I am pretty happy with it. Tomorrow I'll post an update on my other owl painting.
Starting layering the watercolours on this one tonight (sketched it up quite a while ago) and I'm really loving the way it is turning out. I'm trying a slightly different technique this time... using my smallest brush (10/0) to layer in the the feathers on this guy. There is much more to do, but... its actually going quite fast considering the size of the brush I'm using. That... and I have two furnaces (aka the cats) keeping me company on the couch while I paint.