The platform support that the tiger was resting on has had its first few layers of colour applied. Next will be to start the background.
Layer after layer of applying colour using pencils is quite hard on hands and wrists. I've had to take a few breaks from creating this. Painting is easier!
Here you can see how this textured paper picks up the colour from the pencils
and here's the second layer of the same colour
Because the paper has texture, the colour from the pencils doesn't get right into the grooves, unless forced. I'm not going to force it into every valley, because I like the lighter sections. I think it helps give character.
Last week whilst you were enjoying the step by step of the bull in the field, I was feeling pretty poorly.
The victim of some awful bug, which made me nauseous every time I ate or drank.
Even the computer was too much effort.
Mummy, if that cheese makes you feel ill,
I'll deal with it!
Thankfully, I feel much better now and am looking forward to catching up on my blogging friends' posts!
I love all the different techniques you can use for painting rocks.
In these rocks I made some very wet mixes, washed them on and then added some sea salt. The salt absorbs the paint and give some lovely patterns.
Tomorrow you will see the finished painting, because the bull is not painted in stages.
In the second stage, the sky is painted.
The whole are is wetted, then french ultramarine is washed in with bold strokes.
The pale green in the lower section will form a background field to the bolder foreground yet to be added.
Its the build up towards the holiday season, so some of the painting I have been doing, I cannot show you, because they are Christmas presents. And I am not one for spoiling surprises!
So here instead, you can see how creative I am being in my garden.
When we knocked down the old decrepit sheds, we found behind, some 400 bricks and numerous broken pieces of paving.
Rather than throw these away, we decided to recycle them when we made the paths in the garden.
Here's my little helper, checking out the quality of the materials
and here she's making sure there are no creepy crawlies or mice to make me scream...
and now she's wondering what I'm doing
and here is the first part of the path laid out.
More will be done as the weather allows.
Once the path is complete, I can go back to painting in the studio. Right now I do not want to be treading mud into the beautiful studio. So for now, I am painting at my old friend, the dining table.
his owner and I colluded - she sponsored an Oldie Dog as a gift for me, at my request.
The Oldies Club is a network of volunteers who do their best to find new homes for some of our older canine friends, who find themselves homeless at a time in their life when they should be enjoying the warmth of a fire and a family's love.
We are honoured to have helped, in some small way.
Here is a link to the Oldies Club, should you like to read about them and ways you may be able to help.