Here are some of my latest efforts. I make the usual proviso I don't post them as good just what I am producing at the moment. My painting has always been on the inconsistent side, partly because I never want to get into a rut and just turn out the same stuff painting after painting.
Hare 16" x 12"
This was an exercise at my art group using a limited pallette. In this instance my choice was three primaries but not the usual ones. The colours were: Hansa Yellow Medium (Daniel Smith PY97), Permanent Magenta (Maimeri PV19 Rose shade), Turquoise )Lukas PB16). I wouldn't normally do this but it does force you into areas you don't usually go.
I started this one as I had a short time to spare after finishing the days subject at my art group. This is based on Charles Reid's teachings in his books/videos and workshops. The features are done first. HOWEVER on re-watching his last dvd - Figures in watercolour - I noticed he'd changed his approach ,or at least I thought he had, by doing a wash overall first. I also was looking for inspiration and to correct bad habits that seem to develop in my painting. I think the root cause is not painting enough. I read somewhere that to maintain your standard you needed to paint at least three times a week, even more if you wish to improve. Given my advanced age it's also a case of not wanting the rot to set in!
'Dead Horse' Flathead. c 1905 16" x 12"
This is the finished painting. I quite like it even though I'm sure I do things wrongly. I tried not to overwork this one - a perennial problem.
'King of the Jungle - 16" x 12"
I feel, while a reasonable representation I have overworked this one. Lots of colour Translucent Orange (Schmincke PO71). Translucent Brown (Schmincke PBr41), Quinacridone Gold (Daniel Smith PO49) plus Cerulean Blue, Burnt Umber , Raw Sienna etc. I also did highlights with some acrylic white, using a little Pebeo Gum to mask the whiskers. I almost always paint from photos these days and that does incline you towards bad habits. I have learned though not to copy every detail.
'Model' 16" x 12"
This was done on the same session as the above. The left eye facing is not quite right and I may alter it but it was mainly an exercise in getting the skin tones right which has worked reasonably well. I also like the jewellery on the facing left hand side.
Khadi rough A4
A very quick exercise of a treecreeper done on about 20 minutes.
'Big Cat' 16" x 12"
'Ptarmigan in Winter" 16" x 12"
An exercise in simplicity, although not deliberately so.
'Treecreeper' Khadi rough A4
This was done previously to to the treecreeper one above.
'Jay' 16" x 12"
'Autumn' 16" x 12'
I'm not sure what this bird is.
The papers I am using sat the moment are Waterford High White, Stonehenge Aqua and Khadi rough.