So on a wet and windy day in gloomy February I have decided to return to a subject I have painted many , many times before. Hares. I love the intelligence in their eyes and the power in their bodies.We are lucky enough to see them from time to time, but when we do it is always a glimpse before they rush back into the the landscape from where they came.
Firstly I find a photo to use and sketch out the body, I use masking fluid to mark out the whiskers
Then I concentrate on the head, you can see the circle I have drawn in the eye , this needs to stay white to reflect the light. I want to depict the power of a hare, it's single mindedness as it rushes past. Think about the bones and the muscles underneath the fur.
Keep you brushstrokes confident and only add what needs to be there
I move my board around in the direction of movement, as I move away from the head , my brushes get bigger and so do the marks make. I use yellow ochre for a base of much of the hare and drop in other colours as I go. yellow ochre is a great base colour but don't add too much pigment , it can make it dull. I add browns and reds to it, and use cobalt blue and cad red mixed together for shadows.
Now you need to be brave and just go for it. I have probably added more detail than I first intended, but paintings evolve as you paint them
Stand back and add the shadows , the lights , the darks, see where you need to add more and the bits you want to fade away
I use my spray bottle, and I flick paint
I like to add unexpected colours, the blues and purples, and the I like to add some quick flicks of white acrylic paint.
You can be as bold as you dare, see where the watercolours take you