It has been a little while since I've painted a chickadee and I found myself itching to paint one again. My painting time in the studio has been somewhat inconsistent lately... I've been finding the allure of the blue spring skies outside just too much... the garden beckons me to come out to till and plant. Who is to argue!
A little bit of a delay on this painting, but I thought I would post an update along with the reference photo that I took a couple years ago. I love shiney things and I have been trying (for quite some time) to capture the reflective and shiney properties of glass. This painting has incorporated much squinting (or in my case... glancing at the reference without my glasses... pretty much the same thing as squinting). I am super happy with the way that this one is turning out...
I thought I would post my latest 'lunch time painting', though it is still a work in progress. This paintings contains two of my favourite things: (1) shiney (2) glass. The scan of this painting isn't the best (lots of texture from the claybord that I can't seem to photoshop out) but the colours are fairly accurate. Claybord really lends itself well for painting shiney things... colours are easy to lift thus allowing the creating of subtle but effective highlights, something that I am heavily taking advantage of with this painting.
I spent a couple of hours in the studio last night working on my large grapes painting, though daylight had long passed by the time I was done so I had to wait until today to take a picture of the progress. The colours and shapes are starting to come together... though, I do feel that many more layers will be needed to finish the painting. When completed this will be my largest oil painting to date and a warm up for the next canvas I have in mind.
I couldn't help it but start another shiney apple painting, this time using bigger Aquabord from Daniel Smith (brand new supplies... ). I'm still working on the grapes oil painting... but I was looking for something that I could work on in the evenings for short 'bursts' of painting time. Watercolours are the best for that since there is little cleanup between painting sessions.
Last weekend was such a sunny, warm, bright weekend that I decided to make cinnamon buns. Initially, I was worried about not having enough heat to rise the dough. Then... after noticing the cats were strangely missing for several hours... I was worried that the cats 'took care' of the dough for me. But alas... I found two cats curled up with the dough ensuring it was safe and sound (or just stealing sunshine from the dough).
There may not appear to be too much difference from my last posting of Malanka, but I did go back in to strengthen the highlights and shadows and I added a wee bit more colour to her favourite toy. Now all that needs to be done is varnishing and framing. Oh... and a portrait of Mushka, my parents other Puli.
I've added a few more layers of paint to Spiders neck and face... though, at my pace this might take a little while yet. Spring has appeared here, and being my first yard in a very long time... I've been feeling the bug to play in the dirt. The weatherperson is predicting more cooler wet weather is on its way so perhaps lots more studio time this week will still happen.