I am appreciating the little things , as the summer draws to a close and the lovely autumn colours are making an appearance. A walk last weekend with my husband, along an old railway line, was brimming with late summer colour.
As I gaze out of my studio now, I am loving the bright colours of the rudbekia , which have been flowering now for weeks.
Then to be able to watch the bees in all their busyness , gather from the nasturtiums , wow, how a bit of sun makes everything shine
And so detail is what this blog is all about, I like to paint some things in precise detail and people often comment on the eyes of the animals and birds I paint. Here is a detailed close up of an owl's eye...it might help to show you how I do it and you could maybe transfer those skills then to other animals ( altering the size a colours of course!)
So as always I sketch out the eye first.
And I look very carefully at an owl's eye so I understand what I am painting.
Here it is close up
First I add a pale wash of yellow ochre.
Then while it is still wet enough, I add a darker shade , cadmium orange.
I take out the area that you can see is lighter with a clean damp brush.
Then I get darker again, perhaps adding a bit of red brown to the orange.
Now I can start on the pupil with cerulean blue.
You see I am hinting at the landscape reflected in the eye here.
Then I go over that with a mixture of sepia and indigo. I leave parts of the blue
Then I go around the eye, and make sure it sits properly in it's socket .
I like to paint the rest of the owl loosely in paynes grey and lots of water.
Have fun, get out your smallest pointiest brushes....and see what happens x