We are certainly experiencing 4 seasons in one day here in Devon, but this afternoon , just as the sun came out , and the light shone through the leaves on my Japanese Maple , wow I thought.
Then I noticed one little rose on my patio, hanging on
And a view across the fields, amazing what a difference the sunshine makes.
It's amazing how through life we all go in such new and varied directions. I moved around the country a lot as a child, but have managed to keep connected with a lot of people. It has been a true joy in my life.
One of my old school friends is a fantastic photographer, and I often use her work as inspiration ( she is happy for me to do so)
This blog is about my painting of her photo of 2 elephants at Whipsnade Zoo.
It's not so much about how to to it, but about how I approach it, this is a photo I have painted a number of times, I love it.
I use just one colour Paynes Grey.
First I sketch out the elephants
It can be liberating just using the one colour, it frees you from having to make endless decisions. Paynes Grey is lovely because it has a large variety of tones . So you can paint almost anything with it.
I like to start with the eyes, and 'feel' my way outwards. I play around with the water and see what patterns emerge.
I am feeling my way over the elephants skin
And down his trunk. Where there is a shadow use more paint, and where it is lighter use more water.
Can you see the patterns emerging, try not to lose them
So I spend many hours just watching the elephants come to life, when it's going well there is no better feeling in the world.
I listen to music, audio books, radio plays while I paint. I love what I do, and I hope this inspires some of you to loose yourselves in watercolour too.