We had a great time at the cottage. Even though it was late August it was freezing! Here’s a drawing that I did of the wood stove. We actually had to use it. Let’s not talk about the lack of warm clothes (encouraged by me!). And I also added a picture of the stellar wall of ducks.
I’m working on this small portrait using only two colours (ultramarine blue and burnt sienna) and titanium white. It’s 6×6″ so I’m doing a lot of small brush work, really enjoying capturing the wonderful light across her face.
I’ve been taking photos around the house and in the backyard, thinking that I might use them for paintings.
I chose one of the ferns behind our house for this painting. It’s been a challenge! I have often thought “this is an ugly beast”.
It is a difficult image compared to the two paintings of birds that I did recently. There are less areas of contrast, less obvious depth, and it has lots of extremely detailed shapes rather than simpler forms.
But now the piece is starting to take shape. Here are some in-process shots of the piece, still in the works:
Ferns (in process, June 4, 2015), acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20″
I added a few finishing touches to the feathers in the nest, the red and orange in the beak, and some definition of the closest bird’s head, and pushed the second and third robins into the background. Now I think it’s done.
These friendly forest creatures were fun to draw – I think it’s in their nature. But also, these guys have been a part of my mother’s house for years and so they really remind me of home and it’s nice to meditate on their form, line and character.
Last night I did some exploratory drawings of a barred owl, using pencil and black ink applied by brush.
At first glance, the shape of the owl is very simple. So simple, that it’s a bit of a challenge to get it down.
When I look at the details, there is so much complexity in the feathers and the branches and leaves behind the bird. That part was really fun: choosing and playing with the black marks that slowly begin to give the drawing it’s character.
Here are my first couple charcoal sketches (photos were taken today in the sun – clearly!):
Some quick searching ink drawings:
In one of my last drawings of the evening I did a pencil sketch under the ink to block in the shapes and composition.