11 Oct 2012
28 Jun 2012
9 Apr 2012
10 Jul 2011
Finished this one today! It was from my own photographs of a friend's chickens. This particular rooster is a real character and looks after his little flock of 'girls' with great care. Last year he nearly died fighting off a ferret, - he was very badly injured but survived minus one eye. As you can see he is now a fine figure of a male!
13 Mar 2011
18 Jul 2010
24 Jun 2010
19 May 2010
6 May 2010
I started off with a base layer then followed up with further layers of various colours appliying them very lightly. There seemed to be endless challenges to get the shades and effects that I wanted! And even applying the layers as lightly as possible I found that it was very easy to wind up with an area of sticky goo!!! The first image below shows the first attempts at the head and upper torso, while the second shows the finished painting (altho' it may get a few touches!). Now I must wait and see if it will dry off sufficiently for me to apply some varnish - probably a few weeks to wait for that.
3 May 2010
1. Continue with acrylic washes and glazes.
2. Continue in acrylic paint but using a palette knife.
3. Complete by overpainting with oil pastels.
Choices 1 and 2 have the plus side that I have used both methods in the past, but I am far less 'au fait' with choice method 3. Either palette knife or oil pastel offer the chance of achieving a more 'impressionist' look ............. but if I commit to oil pastel there will be no turning back! I must think about it some more before I make my choice!
3 Jul 2008
Last week I was browsing through some art books and found (and bought) this very interesting one:
Title: The PASTEL BOOK - Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist
Author: Bill Creevy (1991)
Publishing details: Watson-Guptill Publications, New York ISBN 0-8230-3905-6
In fact, the reasons I was drawn to the book were the exciting sections on pastels with mixed media, in particular the sections on using Soft Pastels with Acrylic Gels or Modelling Paste, Oil Pastels with Acrylic Medium, and making Pastel Monotypes.
Since buying the book I have had a brief try with Acrylic Medium over Soft Pastel but admittedly without much success ... so I feel that this may take a while to conquer! But I did manage to produce the following in Oil Pastel plus Acrylic Medium: