Thursday, 27 August 2015

Spring in the Mountains in acrylics

I love how this one turned out.  Really pleased with the light effect I managed to create.

Spring in the Mountains measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord panel.

Many thanks to Dana Critchlow for the reference photo.






Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Yellow Daisy ACEO in acrylics

This flower  goes by quite a few different common names eg Black Eyed Susan, poorland daisy, brown betty, yellow daisy.  I went with Yellow Daisy.  It is  native to  Eastern and Central North America and is also used as a traditional Native American Medicinal Herb.

I used a more textured watercolour paper for this one as I wanted a bit of texture in the background. Really pleased with how it turned out.

Yellow Daisy measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Daler - Rowney 'The Langton' NOT 300gsm watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Sue Farris for the reference photo.



Seascape 3 ACEO in acrylics

I am really pleased with how this one turned out. 

Seascape 3 measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

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Summer Path ACEO in acrylics

This one was fun to paint.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Summer Path ACEO measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.


Weebill ACEO in acrylics

This is another one that I have had printed out for a while to paint - it  just  ended up at the bottom of the pile. 

Weebill's are found on mainland Australia. They measure around 8 - 9 cm in length and weigh about 6 grams.

Weebill measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Golden Crowned Warbler ACEO in acrylics

Everything just seemed to work with this one.

Golden Crowned Warbler's are found in Mexico and Central America.  They measure around 12.7 cm in length and weigh about 10 grams.


Golden Crowned Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Dario Sanches for the reference photo.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

A few watercolour paintings

I felt like a change so decided to paint a few watercolour landscapes - a spring and autumn scene.  I painted them together - the reason being is I am a bit impatient to let the paint dry completely so that way I could work on one and while that one dried, I work other one - worked really well.

Spring Pathway - the painting is available for purchase through my Etsy Shop.  To view the listing, please click here.



 

Autumn Pathway - the painting is available for purchase through my Etsy shop.  To view the listing, please click here.











Friday, 21 August 2015

Rocky Beach in acrylics

I felt like painting a seascape but I couldn't find any reference photos that I liked so in the end I just started painting and this painting evolved.  Really pleased with how it turned out. 

Rocky Beach measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.




Thursday, 20 August 2015

Baby Swallows in acrylics

I painted this one a little bit differently to how normally do. As it was much darker background, I decided to paint the background around the birds.  It worked really well as I use the Atelier Interactive acrylics so I was able to blend the bird into the background.  Really please with how it turned out.

Baby Swallows measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Robyn Lovelock for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Xantus's Hummingbird ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out.  It took quite a few glazes to get the feather colours right but I got there in the end.

Xantus's Hummingbirds are found in Baja California, Mexico.  They measure around 8 - 9 cm in length and weigh between 3 - 4 grams.


Xantus's Hummingbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Bell's Vireo ACEO in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - everything just seemed work.

Bell's Vireo's are found in central and south western United States as well as in Northern Mexico. They measures around 11 - 12 cm in length and weigh between 7 - 10 grams. In interesting fact about them is that  no-one has ever observed them drinking water. It is believed that they may obtain all what  they need from their food.

Bell's Vireo measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Spring Woods in acrylics

Really pleased with the light I managed to create in this one.  It sort of took on a life of its own and it looks nothing like the reference photo.

Spring Woods measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

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Iris ACEO in acrylics

For something different I decided to paint a floral aceo.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Iris measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Terry Krysak for the reference photo.

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Spring River ACEO in acrylics

I also cropped this ones  reference photo and changed it to more of a spring scene.  Love how my trees turned out - used a flat brush which seems to work well.

Spring River measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour.

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Autumn River ACEO in acrylics

I found some great landscape reference photos on Morguefile that decided to paint as little landscape scenes.  I cropped the photo for this one and really pleased with the final painting.

Autumn River measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Country Stream in acrylics

I liked the placement of the tree and stream in reference photo but not the season which was a winter snow scene.  So I kept the placement of the stream and tree the same and changed the season to summer.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Country Stream measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Flavescent Warbler ACEO in acrylics

At one point I wasn't sure if this one was going to work as I was battling with the feather colours. But I kept going and added a bit a transparent red oxide to my colour mixtures which  then just seemed to bring the whole painting to life.  Really love how the final painting turned out.

Flavescent Warblers are found in South America.

Flavescent Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300 gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Dario Sanches for the reference photo.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker ACEO in acrylics

I have had this one printed out for a while to paint - it just got pushed to the bottom of my ever growing pile of reference photos.  Really love how this one is perched on the branch.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers are found throughout Europe and Northern Asia.  They measure between 23 - 26 cm in length and weigh between 70 - 98 grams.

Great Spotted Woodpecker measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper

Many thanks to Stefan Berndtsson  for the reference photo.

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A few landscape aceo's in acrylics

Really pleased with how these ones turned out.

Forest Track ACEO -  Sold





Spring Track ACEO - Sold


Rufous Whistler ACEO in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - everything just seemed to work.

Rufous Whistler measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tufted Titmouse No 3 in acrylics

Love the position this one is sitting at.  Really pleased with how it turned out.  Everything just seemed to work.

Tufted Titmouse No 3 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Michael Pazzani for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

A few landscape ACEO's

I felt like doing some paintings with just an idea in my head of what I wanted to paint and these two little artworks evolved. Really pleased with how they turned out.

Spring Waterfall ACEO - Sold

 
 
Spring Tree ACEO - Sold
 
 


Summer Days in acrylics

I changed this one a little bit when compared to the reference photo - there we two trees on the river bank but I thought it made it a busy so changed to just the one.  Rather pleased with how it turned out.

Summer Days measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.





Many thanks to Steve Lyddon for the reference photo.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Gaudy Commodore Butterfly in acrylics

And for something different, I painted this lovely butterfly.  I used a few glazes to get the depth to the wings.

Gaudy Commodore Butterfly measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Scotch Macaskill for the reference photo.

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Tufted Jay ACEO in acrylics

Tufted Jays are found in a small area in Mexico.  They measure around  35 - 38 cm in length and weigh around 180 grams.

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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White Browed Woodswallow ACEO in acrylics

The White Browed Woodswallow is found throughout eastern Australia. They measure around  19 - 21 cm in length and weigh on average 37 grams.

White Browed Woodswallow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on  300 gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Blue Tit No 2 in acrylics

I cropped the reference photo of this one to focus just on the birds face. Really pleased with how it turned out.

Blue Tit No  measures  6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Gary Jones for the reference photo.



Headland ACEO in acrylics

I had same paint left over from painting this morning so decided to paint a little seascape aceo painting. It evolved a bit from memory and imagination.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Headland measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

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