This is “Tyson”. His portrait is the result of my first attempt at painting an animal in watercolour. It wasn’t as stressful as I had imagined it would be. I enjoyed painting his endearing face. The only time I have painted a dog portrait was in 1998. In comparing the two experiences, I can comfortably say painting this one was a cake walk compared to the other one. Mind you, the 1998 painting was a commission done as an exterior wooden sign, so considerably more stressful by definition. Birds & Animals Gallery
This is a 4.5″ x 4″ study in watercolour on 140 lb rough watercolour paper. It will be the basis for a larger painting I plan to start soon. My reference was a photograph taken by a friend, Christine Moss, from Bexley, Kawartha Lakes. She kindly granted me permission to use it. The two flamingos in the foreground need a little more contrast for separation but I can easily imagine this as a fun piece to do on a larger scale. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll do it in oils or watercolours, but am anxious to get going on it. First, I must complete another painting I promised as a housewarming gift.
“Tulipa” is a 12″x6″ watercolour on canvas. I prepared the gessoed canvas with Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground – Titanium White and was impressed at how smoothly it applied and how well it accepted the watercolour paint. The experience of painting watercolour on canvas was similar to painting on rough paper, but with a difference. The roughness of the canvas weave is symmetrical as opposed to the random roughness of rough watercolour paper. I enjoyed this experiment and will definitely try it again. Perhaps choosing a fine detail botanical was not an ideal choice but I think it worked out in the end. I used a sepia archival ink for the final details. I did struggle with a few bits of it. As it is watercolour, varnishing was not an option. I gave it several coats of Krylon UV Archival Satin Varnish and framed it with a simple gold metal frame.
This 6.5″ x 5″ piece is mixed media – watercolour, gouache, and ink. It’s part of my preparation for a July 2019 exhibit of small pieces. I was aiming for something simple and quiet to provide a contrast to a few of the other pieces that are bolder in colour. It’s framed with a white and blue-grey mat and a silvery grey frame.
“Stained Glass Pear & Bowl” is a 5.5″ x 8″ watercolour on 140 lb rough watercolour paper. This piece came from laying down an uncontrolled multi-coloured background wash. After waiting a day to see what came to mind, I saw stained glass and took it from there. The pear and the bowl emerged as structured shapes that might suit stained glass lines. I created just a few stained glass sections before deciding the piece could stand more smaller sections rather than a few large sections. It’s framed under glass in a brushed silver metal frame with a double blue-grey mat. Gallery/Flights of Fancy