I thought as today was a cold Saturday in February and I have spent all day painting I would show you the stages from beginning to end . I am no photographer but I have tried to show you the stages. Sometimes I get so engrossed that I forget to take pictures but I have tried my best.
Firstly I sketch out the out line. I need a guide to hang the colour on and I need the proportions of the owl to be right then I feel comfortable to start.
Next comes the eyes....always the eyes. I want the owl to be alive however mad the painting gets in the end. The eyes have to be real, therefore they need light and texture.
I leave the white of the paper to be the highlights and mix cadmium orange in with the lemon yellow and yellow ochre. I also add some darker parts to the edges
The outside of the eyes first.I like to use a lot of water to get happy accidents happening even in small spaces
Then I move onto the beak while the eyes dry . This is cerelean blue and indigo leaving the white section to show the light and wetting the edges to it looks a bit like feathers.
Now I add more to the edges of the eyes so they sit in their sockets. I rarely use black this is cobalt blue mixed with burnt umber to give a very dark dark.
Now I add the the pupils and the owl comes to life.....The edges are my dark mixture and insides are different blues and water . Adding and taking away until it looks at me...magic!
Now the fun begins.....
I wet the whole page and add the background colour
and now I add lots of color, flicking it on, splashing it, just having fun really. Layers build up and I just have to be careful around the eyes. I don't always succeed!
Often my owls go under the tap, this one did and I have a new layer to work on ..
back to splashing and flicking, adding and taking away until it's where I want it to be. I think by this stage I had forgotten to take many pictures. I had Been flicking and throwing paint at the picture, Dropped brushes on the floor. Dipped paint in my tea and generally made a big mess in my studio but the suddenly at one point I think this is done...( or in some cases this has gone too far!) But here he is my newest owl from beginning to end....