Fuzzy Bunnies, Pt. 2

Fuzzy Bunnies (Watercolour)

Fuzzy Bunnies (Watercolour)

Just a little more added to these bunnies and they’re now starting to emerge from the green background… I’m happier that this might actually work now, but I’m still flummoxed how to sort out all the grass without painting thousands of individual stems.

I do recall being in exactly the same situation previously, painting a single rabbit about this time last year – what a shame I can’t remember what I did!

Double Fuzzy Bunnies

Fuzzy Bunnies (Watercolour)

Fuzzy Bunnies (Watercolour)

It’s been lovely to find time to play with paints again¬†today… it seems like it’s been months! I’m determined to try and organise my time better so I can include more, but it seems that other people are also determined to take more of it for work too, and the clocks change next week which will mean darker evenings. It’s too soon, I’m not ready yet to lose summer…

To warm up and get back in the swing of things I’ve been painting hares today… taken from a photo by Villager Jim on my favourite, copyright free, inspiration website (paintmyphoto). I’ve tried really hard not to be precise with it and to just have fun spreading colours around. I love the greens in the bottom left corner, but I think the bunnies are going to take some imagination to come to life, they got a bit too loose – and the nearest one looks like he’s had too many pies at the moment!

Day 343: Green Tomatoes

Green Tomatoes (Watercolour)

Green Tomatoes (Watercolour)

It’s been sort of strange today… I wouldn’t have said that the show was playing on my mind, I didn’t feel especially stressed until the last day or so. However, today I’ve felt like I completely lacked direction or purpose, I had no idea what to paint.

With a complete departure from the birds that have been on my mind for the past couple of weeks, I looked to the garden for inspiration today and found lots of large green tomatoes. So I’m back to mixing greens again, and can’t remember how to get good dark tones :-).

I wonder what I can find to paint tomorrow now I’m footloose and fancy free again!

Day 305: Paddle Plant, Day 2

Paddle Plant (Watercolour)

Paddle Plant (Watercolour)

The most exciting thing that’s happened today is rain, lots of it :-). We’ve had so little so far this Spring that I’m actually really glad to see it, and I’m sure the garden appreciates it too. Even Flint didn’t mind getting wet this morning when I kicked him out the back door :-P.

Practise-wise I’ve spent an hour or so adding more leaves to my Paddle Plant painting, until it got too tedious and I decided to call it a day… it’s quite repetitive after the fun of the first few. I suppose I could be productive and let my mind wander to what I could do with the background – the original photo had a gravel path and a hedge, but I’m not sure how that would work, and I’ll have to consider suitable colours too.

Day 276: Practising Mixing Greens

Mixing Greens (Watercolour)

Mixing Greens (Watercolour)

This afternoon’s practise started with Mum reading a passage out of Ron Ranson’s ‘Big Brush’ Watercolour Book – it was all about mixing greens from scratch. ¬†We both agreed this would be a great exercise to try out.

Therefore we sat down with similar pieces of paper and the same range of paints to try out his ideas and theories about mixing paint to create greens. You can see my results above, we used: Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow and Payne’s Grey. They really do give a wide range of shades.

Mum's Greens (Watercolour)

Mum’s Greens (Watercolour)

Despite following the same passage in the book we both came out with very different results, Mum’s page is posted below (or to the side, depending how the page builds). She has much better greens than me in my opinion. Mind you, I’m happy with the looseness of my colours, I can almost imagine where they might work, especially the broken patches.