Another interesting fact about the bird table is
that I have never, ever seen a bird on it, and that I put down to the fact that several cats inhabit the garden.
|Ten minute sketch.|
Pen and coloured pencil.
In actuality the bird table is a mere ornament!
It also serves as painting fodder. Let's face it everything does.
This I drew in the spring. I didn't know if I would incorporate it into a painting or not, but I think it's time has come!
Recently I've been painting a lot on the easel, and my shoulders are beginning to ache so for a while I need to work on a flat surface.
Of course that means you can't stand back from your painting so casually, and that is important, so every so often I put it on the easel and sit down and contemplate my masterpiece!
This is my order of work so far.
- Tomato red acrylic ground.
- I drew quite carefully my design. Easier to do when you're sitting down.
- I use oil paints for this piece. I try to like acrylics but they don't respond the same way as oil paints. When you're a slow painter acrylics are an unnecessary challenge . So with oil paints I started adding the sky, then lots of smallish green leaves and most important the pale of the big hosta leaves. I had to be careful not to get bogged down with the detail of the little green leaves. I want lots of red to zing through.
Pale green and bright red are a classic complementary colour combo.
- Now I'm in a bit of a fix about the flags. I want them red but what red, hot red, cold red, warm red?
|Mary Kemp. Detail. Bird Table With Flags.|
I will post the finished version on my Facebook Page.