Double Trouble, Pt. 4

Double Trouble (Watercolour)

Double Trouble (Watercolour)

Unfortunately, despite a good washing and two days of further trying, I really don’t think this is getting any better… On Saturday I ran the painting under the cold tap trying to remove as much of the ‘black’ as possible before restarting, and today I’ve spent an hour or so more trying to save things.

I’m still not happy though, it’s all very scruffy, too many brush strokes, overworked…  mind you I think I might have a better idea now which way to go next time. At least I hope so! I’m not sure yet whether to dive in and restart this straight away, or have a think about it. I have at least a day of grace anyway as it’s Chinese Painting tomorrow, and I think we’re starting a new landscape (joy), not my favourite genre as you know 😉  .

Double Trouble, Pt. 3

Double Trouble (Watercolour)

Double Trouble (Watercolour)

Today I was lucky to find a good hour or so to devote to adding some colour to the frightened kitties… the photo today was taken by flash after dark, so it’s a slightly adjusted version but hopefully you can still see the slight shading on the white cat as well as the really scrappy painting of the black one.

Painting fur is hard! I’ve decided today that painting black fur, if you can do it with any sort of success, deserves a medal! This poor moggie is looking like he was just dragged out of a deep, muddy well poor guy. I deliberately mixed the colour I used, I didn’t want to use a black or grey from a tube, and this is actually a blend of Sap Green, Rose Madder and Pthalo Blue – you really can’t tell can though… they didn’t separate at all on the paper & it just looks grey.

At this stage I’m seriously tempted to run the whole thing under the tap tomorrow and start again (that’s allowed you know). At the very least there is a lot more work to do here…

 

Double Trouble, Pt. 2

Double Trouble (Watercolour)

Double Trouble (Watercolour)

If I was hoping to have more time on my hands today I was sadly wrong… mind you I did manage to paint in daylight so maybe I did have a little up my sleeve.

It’s been a day of spreadsheets and documents, Microsoft Word & Excel, plus a bit of database work…. by 5.30pm I was wishing I had a new chair for my computer (I didn’t move much at all today). And yet I still found time to paint – a good day then 🙂 .

It’s been a few days since I started, but today the first wash went on the two frightened kittens. I love the colours, which were just sitting on my palette, I just wish I could drop them in and let them spread instead of fiddling with them (the ‘f’ word again!!). A long way still to go though so I’m not judging yet 😉 .

Sketchy Cat

Cat Sketch (Watercolour)

Cat Sketch (Watercolour)

It’s been such a busy week… I feel terribly guilty at missing a couple of days of painting and writing during the week, but worse than losing the thread and impetus of what I’m doing is how quickly you lose the skills. Even after only one day, it is so hard to remember what the brush is likely to do and how the paints might react, how much water to use and how long you can work before it starts drying.

I wonder if this is because I’m still a relative newbie… like driving, if you go on a long journey by the end you’re probably on autopilot, but then if you don’t get behind the wheel for a week you can’t find the indicators, or biting point on the clutch, for peanuts. I can honestly say that nothing in watercolour comes automatically for me yet – except having a wad of kitchen towel in my left hand ready to blot! – but when I’m doing it daily it does take less time to slip into some kind of rhythm. Anyway, that’s my philosophical meanderings over, for today at least 🙂 .

I decided that before diving into the painting of the two scaredy cats I should try a small sketch of one of them, to try and remember how to do eyes and fur. So today we have a tiny tabby, painted on a piece of card 74mm x 100mm – that’s A7, for anyone who wants to know – I didn’t even know they went that small! And yes, the pic here is actually larger than real life, depending on the resolution of your screen.

 

Playing with Cats & Dogs

Mad Cat (Watercolour)

Mad Cat (Watercolour)

I was debating whether I’d missed my window of opportunity today when I came across a fabulous photo of a cat scared by a dog… and at 11pm decided to give it a go 🙂 .

Half an hour later I have a particularly evil looking cat, nothing like the original, but lots of fun to do – and a reminder to me that you don’t have to get smooth gradient washes and beautiful sharp edges to make an interesting picture. However, if I could just wait occasionally until the paint dried before trying to improve it I would probably be much further on in my studies & practise.