Today sees my lovely son turn 19, he's grown up while I have tried to build my watercolour career. He's now in his first year at university and studying maths, he has always done what he enjoys and has no interest whatsoever in art. However he does know that it is possible to make a living doing something you love, I hope my enthusiasm for what I do has rubbed off on him a little.
I am now back from my lovely holiday, filled with fresh sea air and ocean inspiration.
however it has also meant back to work, getting on with commissions and thinking about plans for new pieces. Glastonbury on the computer helped...
So my blog this week is a subject I have told you about before, but a subject people seem to enjoy
How to paint a duck, it's never easy painting something white, the trick is to paint the colours you see reflected in the white, and the shadows on the feathers.
Firstly , find a duck, a handsome duck you'd like to paint, a duck with a character.
Sketch out the shape and the important details you want to capture.
Then I do the fun bits the feet and the beak. I paint from light to dark. Indian Yellow first, then cadmium orange and then a burnt sienna.
Look carefully for the details. that's the 'wow' factor in this piece.
Use smaller brushes to add the smaller details, the hole in the beak, the lightest colour on the beak is actually the white of the paper and that's made lighter by adding as darker tones as you dare around it.
Then add the small eye, with a touch of a highlight as always.
Then get out your bigger brushes and wet the whole of the duck's body.
then drop in some yellow ochre, all wet in wet.
Cerulean Blue, and my shadowy colour made with cadmium red and cobalt blue.
Let everything dry and settle and go back in with the shadow colour where you want more emphasis.
Finally the duck's shadow grounds her on the page.
Happy quacking !!