"Kingfisher in Blue"
(Copyright Jean Haines)
I am now working with a series of wonderful washes that I created during the week. Some instantly let me know what subjects could work well on them whilst others are a complete mystery, but this is the magic of working in my style. I never know what tomorrow, or today, may bring.
On one blue wash that had beautiful texture effects from salt application I painted the above kingfisher. This will look gorgeous framed. But the kingfisher painting put my mind on birds as subjects and now I am seeing one in every new wash.
Below you can see why.
An owl seemed perfect for the salt pattern on this next wash. I have started with painting the eye working my way around it to the detail of the head outline.
Owl softly coming to life in a new painting
The fun in creating washes without aiming for a subject often leads us to paint subjects that we hadn't initially planned on painting. painting random colours, just for fun i often a great way to open up our imaginations when we have to later use the washes as bases for new work.
This is such a joyous way to paint. If you haven't already bought copies of my books please do, as the techniques described in them bring hours of endless pleasure in creating in a way that helps us reach unique results each time we pick up a brush.
Now I can't wait until tomorrow to start three new washes in the hope that they too will lead me to exciting new paintings.
My new saying?
"Three washes a day keeps boredom at bay!"
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