If your reading this , I can only assume you have survived another Christmas , and are facing the new year with the same hopes and fears we all are . We read a lot about new starts and new beginnings, and I ,as much as anyone need to eat a little less and exercise a bit more , be kinder to myself and other people ( especially the annoying ones) .
All that said, though, I also think we need to reflect a bit, me and you .We are doing alright, you know. Trying our best, all my poems and paintings of older women are really saying , accept who you are, be proud of what you are , and just do the things that make you happy regardless of your size or imperfections. I am always amazed by the amount of good there is in the world, the random acts of kindness, and the friends I make every year, some halfway across the world because I am open to starting conversations and trying to help where I can
We had a good Christmas, the kids are older and more interested in phones than panto, but we played a few games
and we enjoyed a good few days together
So this blog is a bout the same old painting...like the same old me, but with a few tweaks. Excuse the tenuous link there.
I found this painting of a robin a painted a few years ago, and the photo I had used.
It was ok, but it needed some improvement.
So I taped it down to a board, got out some clear water and a brush, and wet the places I wanted to erase.
You can help things along by blotting with a kitchen towel. But don't rub too hard.
I particularly thought his feet needed work.
Above you can see how I worked on his feet. Adding more detail and more shadow.
So when I had finished he did look a bit sorry for himself.
Next I wetted the whole body and added some cerulean blue.
Oh my goodness has she gone mad....( I hear you cry) I think she's been at the cooking sherry again.
Then I added some darker shading with cobalt blue and cadmium red.
And started to add colour to the brown feathers and yellow ochre to his red breast. Not a complete overhaul but a touch up here and there...
I have also worked on his tail and added a few splashes. I think my robin may have gained a few pounds...well it is Christmas!
I made the eye clearer too, and now adding browns and reds and brighter colours to make my robin sing !
Here are the before and after shots
And so I added some more colour and a few splashes of white acrylic just for a bit of movement.
Same old robin, just a bit better with age and experience, just like all of us.
Happy new Year x