Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Eagle `Corrected' plus Work-in-Progress.

I have tweaked the eagle painting, not a great deal but specifically three small areas suggested  by Yvonne, Jan and Mick. I darkened the branch, removing as much of the green as I could. There is still a little but it is much lighter, and erased some of the pencil marks on the tail. That was all as resisting over painting and too much fiddling is something  I have to constantly be on guard against.  


18" x 12" Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140lb (300gsm) Not


Bullfinch - Work in Progress


Another bird - not sure what species -Work in Progress.

Here are two other bird paintings I'm working on. I do like birds and animals and will certainly be painting  a number from now on - but I'm not intent on becoming just a wildlife artist. For those who are not keen on such subjects I will be also painting portraits, still lifes and flowers. Landscapes and buildings I'm not so enthused about although I will force myself to tackle a few and cover these subjects with other posts. There will continue to be a goodly number - approximately half - of other matters related to watercolour as I'm sure these are of more interest to many than my paintings. 

14 comments:

Sharon Whitley said...

All these birds are looking great - particularly like the bullfinch, never tire of seeing your paintings Peter

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for those kind comments Sharon.

Michele Clamp said...

That is definitely a mighty fine eagle - it has a sense of strength to it.

I should say that I enjoy your blog very much Peter although I haven't commented until now. I always find your posts insightful and your paintings wonderfully expressive.

Oscar Solis said...

These are really nice. It's always fun to see the pencils and under paintings that go into a work. It's like getting to see what makes the artist tick.

Regarding the eagle. I think it looks great. I'm happy to see some of the pencil lines survived.

Peter Ward said...

Welcome Michele and thanks for your kind comments.

Peter Ward said...

Hi Oscar. I actually believe in leaving some pencil marks visible. After all they are part of the painting. Thanks for comments.

Dr Henry Tegner said...

Nice one, Peter. I've started paining again (in oils) since retirement. But mine are nowhere near the standard of yours and I shall be keeping an eye on your blog to see what I can learn in terms of technique! Mine are on www.paintingsforgifts.co.uk .

Peter Ward said...

Welcome Dr Henry. Thank you for kind comments.Oils are rather different to watercolours and require a different tecnique, although some very fine artists, like Edward Seago, have been renowned for both mediums.

Yvonne Harry said...

I really do love this painting Peter, but that in no way implies I did not like the others. Just that of all the recent ones- all of which I enjoyed, especially the Rhinos- this is the one I would choose to live with. For some reason it really works for me. Lovely!

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for comments Yvonne. Odd isn't it. I thought the Eagle is okay but prefer some of the others. Our tastes all differ, probably a very good thing.

Judi Whitton said...

Hi Peter,
As always thoroughly enjoy looking at your blog and enjoyed the lovely eagle painting and the discussions about leaving pencil marks etc
Now I gave your excellent website a little mention in the May issue of The Artist Magazine at the end of my article 'A good surface for watercolour' page 26. It is so refreshing to read your honest opinions (with no commercial bias) about so many interesting subjects from a true watercolour enthusiast. Your recent item about watercolour palettes was fascinating.
Wishing you all the very best.
Judi Whitton

Peter Ward said...

Hi Judi. Lovely to hear from you. My wife and I often think about our great times with you and Pete at Crantock.

Thanks also for those kind words about the blog. I'm getting over 10000 page reads a month so all is not in vain! I've just received `The Artist' magazine. Thanks for the plug although the address is slightly wrong it is .com not co.uk.

Best wishes to you and family.

Jan Weeks said...

The eagle painting works really well now and the bullfinch is looking good too.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for those comments Jan.