Owl Eye Demonstration
I have so many wonderful friends and artists who are letting me know they love my latest collection of watercolours. I am also being told my work is evolving so quickly but how is it that the difference is so great from a few years ago.
In truth writing my book was the biggest surprise to my personal artist development. Closely studying exactly why I choose colour and individual techniques to create paintings full of life really has been an inspirational experience. I have read each section repeatedly. I understand my way of working and every single decision I make far more now than I ever have before. It was like being on my own workshops but having time to paint for myself rather than to continually demonstrate.
One area that really helps is that I always paint subjects I have seen and I paint from life as much as possible. For example I have spent so much time on farms studying cockerels. Even though I am painting them in a more abstract style I still need to fully understand how they move,their poses and characters.
Owls are fascinating me especially their eyes. So again I have been spending time just sat quietly studying them closely.Their feather formation is so beautiful and appeals to me as an artist as to how I can capture that incredible effect in watercolour.
I truly believe you achieve more life in your results if you paint from life and know your subject well. Forget painting from photographs and study the real subject in wonderful light .This leads to far more exciting and unique results.