More Watercolour Birds

Last week  I showed you a couple of birds I’d painted when I stumbled across a series of free loose bird painting tutorials, made by Tom Sheppard. Continuing with this series I’ve now painted a Kingfisher…

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…and a goldfinch…

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Hate that green bit

I then decided to branch out on my own and paint the original a loose blue tit, I meant to learn to paint from this series, without even looking at Tom’s blue tit tutorial.

Almost immediately I started I was kicking myself for wetting the breast first and not using broken brush strokes on dry paper like Tom had taught me. I moved on and painted the rest wet on dry. Then I looked back at the whole bird – yes, I know I should have taken a picture to show you – and realised that when I painted the breast I’d defaulted to the process and style I really love; wet on wet.

Yes, Tom’s birds are beautiful. Broken brush strokes are beautiful. But I’m not Tom and I what I love is the wet in wet process and the look of watercolour when it does it’s ‘watercoloury thing’.

I then rather botched the bird to try and make it look more like my sort of painting. It’s certainly far from a masterpiece, but here it is; neither the way I’d learned from the bird series  or the way my heart would have chosen to paint it!

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Hopefully next time I show you a blue tit painting it will be painted from my heart. Having said that, I certainly learnt some things from Tom – thank you Tom –  and no doubt you’ll be seeing the odd broken brush stroke in my work, but from here on in, (mostly) more soft, more watercoloury pictures.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Sevens 2020 #21

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens; a post where I share seven or so photos from my week.

Last Sunday was not just Father’s Day…

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… It was the day I delivered my first watercolour commission…

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Pro bono, of course, for Harry.

Sadly under current semi-lock down, lovely daughters couldn’t visit their dad on father’s day 😦

 

In better news, we finally found some sleepers to make a raised bed with…

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Despite the short heatwave…

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… and wanting to use the sleepers as skis, LH stared building it…

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… while I did one of my favourite jobs; harvesting the lavender that grows on the steps to our front door…

In the fields the farmers were busy making hay while the sun shone…

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And finally, since he hasn’t yet put in an appearance yet this week, here’s a photo of Harry…

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Loose Watercolour Birds

When I finished painting the blue tit I showed you in my last post, I decided I wanted to try and paint it in a loser style.

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I looked for a tutorial on YouTube to help me and came across one by Tom Sheppard. It was part of a series on loose birds, so I decided to start with the first episode; painting a raven. In my first attempt I got it all too wet…20200620_20342600

The second was better, but not great…

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…. and the third not much better…

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I then moved into the second tutorial for an avocet. I painted a rubbish bird, then made a a right hash attempting to add a background. I then  made it worse trying to improve the background…

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The third tutorial was for a magpie. I’m not fond of magpies and I was fed up with painting near black birds, so I skipped to episode four; a flamingo. This was a bit of a step change on the colours front, so I practiced on an unstretched piece of paper…

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… and then used stretched paper…

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I think I prefer the practice piece.

Then I tried to add a background and made it worse…

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A long way to go, but that’s my progress to far and all those birds definitely helped improve my understanding of control of wet on wet watercolour and learn a few things about backgrounds.

And if you’re wondering, the blue tit is episode eight, so I may be a while before I get to that.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Watercolour Birds

Another quick post to show you my latest painting created by following one of Louise de Masi’s tutorials. It was beginner tutorial for painting a chickadee.

 

I had a bit of a fight with the rock/piece of wood it’s sitting on, because my grey completely separated out into blue and burnt sienna when I painted it.

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But in the end I think it worked out okay.

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Living in the UK, I have no real idea about or interest in chickadees – of course one of the pitfalls of following a tutor who lives on the other side of the world is that they’re more likely to paint animals you’re unfamiliar with. Feeling no real connection to my chickadee painting, I decided to apply the techniques from the chickadee tutorial to a bird I do love; a blue tit…

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Quite pleased with my efforts, although definitely not happy about the breast, but I know what I should have done, rather than what I did do.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2020 #21

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens; a post where I share seven or so photos from my week.

Last Sunday Lovely Husband put the glass in the greenhouse and the tomato plants finally had a nice snug home…

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This week I also ‘homed’ the strawberry runners in pots…

The weather has been pretty wet, but we’ve had a couple of lovely sunny days too and all the rain has filled the forest with lush greens that look gorgeous in the sunlight…

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The fox gloves are also out in force…

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You may have previously spotted that I’m no domestic goddess – so I doubt you’ll be surprised to hear that when the vacuum lost suction and I couldn’t find anything stuck in it, I realised it was because I hadn’t cleaned the filters for over 8 years. This is one of them soaking in the sink. They should be cleaned every 3 months!

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Something else that needed doing after 3 months was to filter the damson gin that I set off infusing in March, but I had no problem remembering to do that…

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And finally; Anyone for a quick game of Where’s Harry?

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x