P!nk Attitude – New Ostrich Painting

P!nk Attitude – 2018 – Acrylic ink on mountboard
P!nk Attitude – 2018 – Acrylic ink on mountboard

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Ostriches are one of my favourite subjects – they are so funny and expressive, you can almost see human characteristics in them.
I’m so drawn to these birds – llamas and emus too. I loved playing with the FW Inks here although I still need to practice more. I tried wet-into-wet, but it dried so fast, I don’t think I used enough water. I also cropped the painting afterwards because initially I started with washes of colour, and it slowly, before I knew, became another (more colourful!) ostrich painting.

I think it was the colour palette I started with – pinks, blues, and purples. Before I knew it, I wanted a subject with attitude. The title is a play on pink, punk and funk. I call it – P!nk Attitude.

There will be more birds in this series, with the inks, in less “real” colours. I’m also enjoying embellishing and using my iridescent colours – so watch out.

This week I’m hoping to finish a few pieces I have lying around, or if not finish them, at less progress on more unfinished work. I have a few sketches I’ve been working on. I also intend to take the peacocks further, and try again, but in a looser, less illustrative style. I like the pose that I have come up with, so I’ll try some new, looser variations and try to progress it.

I saw this recent post by Nicholas Wilton, and it’s a good watch. It’s about how to find time to make your art. It’s common sense, but it goes against the notion that you have to spend a lot of hours to grow as an artist / creative. Little and often seems to be proven to help lessons “stick” and not lose energy to keep going. Breaks are good, but consistency, and being able to slot in creating around daily life is important. It’s just not realistic for me to spend chunks of 6 hours or more painting. I work full time, and I try to balance that with eating healthily and exercising as well, which also takes time. None of these things exist in a vacuum. When my mind and body are healthy, I have much more ability to focus during those short periods I can dedicate to my artwork.

Book of the week: Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
Track of the week: Portugal. The Man – Feel it Still

Doodling Peacocks with FW Ink

I have been having far too much fun playing with my FW inks. The colour intensity and the translucency of some of the pigments just lends itself so well to some subjects. I have always been in love with peacocks, and the way they twirl with attitude, displaying their plumage for our benefit. They are so gorgeous, with the petrol blue shades, turquoise, and purple, and all the variants in between.

Well, I am also lucky enough to have some of Golden Fluid Iridescents copper, gold, and pearl pigments to play with, so of course, I have used these too. I’m well known for my magpie tendencies, so had to add some copper and gold leaf sparkle.

Here is a little peek of what I’ve been up to!

Peacock Splatter - 2018 - Acrylic Ink
Peacock Splatter – 2018 – Acrylic Ink

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Portrait commission for a lovely friend

Portrait of Ezra
Portrait of Ezra

Last year I had the pleasure of working on my first traditional portrait for a lovely friend. Over the years I have drawn and doodled many faces of unwitting sitters – if you sat near me in a lecture or on the train, the reason I may have been peering curiously at you was to capture your expression! I’ve also painted many figures in scenes, from travel photos, but as these tend to be more abstracted with little detail, I find this very different from painting a traditional close-up portrait. Now, when I say “traditional”, I still intend to keep my own style and I still primarily use acrylics for my work.

The result of several months worth of sketches and a painting later, I came up with the following painting of little Ezra. I was so nervous to create an image of someone I knew very well for fear of not doing him justice. Overall, I’m happy with the results, but I can say it was definitely a learning curve! Proportions are so important to get right in portraiture, and I did resort to various different methods to get the finish I wanted.

I’m not entirely happy with the colour palette, but I am excited to be starting a new online course on colour mixing soon, which I’m looking forward to. Sometimes the colours I envision either don’t quite look right on paper, or the colours are “correct” but something about the overall tone and feel comes across far more twee and cute than I intended.