Baby Fairy Wren…

I LOVE painting Wrens, I love watching them and I love taking photos of them. Logan has a wide variety of many of Australia’s species. here’s one I’m finishing up at the moment…

Acrylic/oils on canvas panel 10×12″

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Library Sketching…

I draw. ALL THE TIME. It’s the only way to become any good at anything, to do it. And to keep on doing it…

Sketching and drawing and painting all help each other, idle sketches like this (from good reference books) help the hand-eye relationship and steady the lines, I made these sketches directly in sepia pen on crappy notepad paper and would recommend this no-pressure doodling to anyone who wants to better their craft.

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Cygnet…

Took a whole heap of fabulous photos on the weekend, dearly wanted to paint one of the cygnets I took pics of. This little watercolour is 3 x 4″, I’m definitely going to paint a larger one, most enjoyable

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Female Fairy Wren…

Moving in with some finer details…
-Oil on canvas board 10×12″

It’s been a while since my head was in this sort of space, I used to paint a lot of this kind of thing, very much enjoying the challenge of making something look ‘real’, I’ve been working on this one, on and off, for a couple of days…

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Chickens…

chickens3_smlI’ve been drawing a LOT of birds lately. I recently had the good fortune to study and photograph some chickens, wonderful creatures, amazing to watch them in action and great fun to draw, love their body language and the challenge of finding the right ‘lines’.

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Merry Christmas!

And thank you all for your interest this past year. Hope your festive season, however you celebrate it is wonderful and may 2016 bring you all you want and need. My kindest regards to you and your family x

ps, feel free to use this card for emailed Christmas wishes…

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Fairy Wrens…

Australia has some truly beautiful birds, but these little Wrens have captured my heart, I enjoy watching them, drawing them and painting them, love their busy-ness, their character, they’re always on the go and highly entertaining. I painted these three watercolours over the past 2-3 days, they’ve inspired me…

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Warming Up…

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I have a LOT of work on at the moment and I kind of have to stay as sharp as I can, no point rolling out of bed, all bleary-eyed and stumbling into the studio to begin working on my commissioned stuff if I’m all tired and rusty.
After a quick cup of coffee this morning I sat down and doodled these, approx. 25 mins of sketching. It’s evident that after I sketched the first page, I was substantially more ‘warmed up’, the second page (with the birds) shows much more confident and more honed lines.
Wildlife books provide great reference for this kind of thing…
btw, I used my new Bosto Kingtee to draw these, (see earlier post for a video demo)

warming Up…

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I draw a lot of animals to warm up before a long haul at the drawing board, here’s a page I completed this morning, I drew them straight onto the paper using an old biro, bird books are brilliant for reference…