Today was a good day.
- Firstly my wonderful son is feeling better and will probably go back to school tomorrow or the next day! 🙂
- Secondly, for the first time I’ve painted a watercolour which looks something llike the image I had in my mind. I feel happy!
It began when I decided to paint an animal using a pure watercolour technique. Last night I watched this brilliant, brilliant video of a real watercolour artist doing a painting of an elephant. The video I watched was this one:
I thought it was absolutely fabulous!
Elephants are such graceful, sensitive animals I couldn’t resist having a try at painting one, especially having watched Fiona Clarke make such a fantastic job of a similar picture. I have loads of animal books at home (typical biology teacher!), everything from a collection of ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ books to invertibrate textbooks so I found a photo that I was happy to use as a basic reference.
Some of the trunk of the elephant I wanted ot paint is covered by her calf but, with other reference photos to look at too, I thought I could fill in the missing part. I made a quick sketch while I got dinner cooked (spicy chicken wings, boiled potatoes in a herb sauce and corn, carotts and brocolli).
Then after dinner (and the ironing – groan) I was able to paint it. I worked from light to dark and from big to small as lots of people seem to recommend on the internet and it turned out well. Two things really helped – (1) I worked on one a small area at a time so I could play with the paint a little and use the water to make it go where I want without it drying out too quickly and (2) I took it slowly letting the paint dry out between layers.
So this is how it turned out:
(All Images unless otherwise explicitly stated are © Jo Fox, 2015)