Plucky Painting

I've taken a liking to painting farmyard characters. Hens and cockerels have expressions which are amazing and so paintable.

Using old prepared boards I had snaffled in a cupboard from the days I used to go out and paint on location. These boards are hand prepared with a gesso and toned surface (in acrylic).

I make my own acrylic palette with a baking tray, wet kitchen towel (to keep the acrylics moist), baking parchment to place the acylica paint on.

Having a toned surface allows you to go either way: high or low value. I have to admit I do have problems working directly on white surfaces, as I can not judge colours very well.

Freehand drawings give the final painting it's character and dynamics.

They don't look like much, but from the drawing I can see the form and shapes (it is like an artists unique 'handwriting').

The drawing is my favourite stage of the artwork.......... without the shapes and form in place, the painting will fail.

Whilst painting you have to remember composition (layout), shapes, value, drawing lines and textures - wow and painting is supposed to be relaxing lol! It's like a game of chess, you are always planning ahead and you either win (brilliant painting), lose (bad painting) or draw (that's when it's just a painting!).

Next layers are the shapes - playing shapes off each other......

Slowly but surely the artwork comes to life using various artist brushes.

Background colours are a challange, as it is like a fine line between complimenting or fighting against the character. The ground (toned board) was a neutral colour and allowed me to place any colour without conflict.

I'm proud of the frame, it was one I had made when my hands did not suffer from chronic pain. The frame compliments the rustic style of my artwork and hopefully compliments the character.

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed the process.