Sunday, 13 July 2014


Ok so you know how you have those pieces that paint themselves, you are in the zone and everything goes exactly as you planned it? This wasn't one of those times. I had a bit of a panic about halfway through - expensive canvas, lots of texture added and stuff that is hard to undo, colours not working etc...but I persevered...I am ok with it now, will have to let it sit for a while.  As for the subject matter, well I am on a bit of a bird thing at the moment, who knows why, and I think I might have been a bit inspired by John Brisson's awesome owl - check it out here This is a largeish piece at 910mm x 910mm with lots of stuff - old book pages, metal foil, enamel, leaves, various texture mediums, watercolour paper and ink. Youn know, if there is any really good tip I can pass on to new artists - it is to not give up too easily. A lot of stuff I painted when I was younger, I either got bored with or gave up when I didn't get instant gratification. I was always worried about spending too much time on one piece, but what I hadn't worked out was the parts that were a struggle are when the learning takes place. :)

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