Inspired by the Puffins I saw, trying to land, on the Farne Islands I decided to paint one.
In fact I used 2-3 photos I'd taken for reference.
Puffin painting stage 1:
I spent 3 hours on Saturday sketching, then Sunday and Monday morning painting.
I took photos at every stage.
Puffin painting stage 2:
That first wash is always the most nerve racking.
It all looked a bit messy and made me wish I'd started after a shot of whisky,
but maybe not on a Sunday morning?!
No masking fluid used, but I tried to miss the white parts of the bird and lighthouse.
I wanted some blue to come through the feathers, showing their translucent nature.
Puffin painting stage 3:
While keeping the distant lighthouse and island vague I added more washes.
I hoped the thick 500 micron hand made paper wouldn't need pre stretching!
Puffin painting stage 4:
Lighthouse detail kept vague but given a bit more strength.
By this stage the paper was beginning to warp!
Puffin painting stage 5:
Start work on the Puffin, teasing in the feather detail.
Orange+yellow followed for the bill, eye and flippers - the nice bits!
Puffin painting stage 6:
Working on the detail. Getting those feathers right.
To help me get the energy I wanted into the painting I used paint splatter techniques. This is where Chrissie thought I'd really lost it!! Paint splashes kept turning up all over the place!
After a night under a damp press the work was flat again and finished.
I found it very enjoyable and rewarding.
Thankfully Chrissie, who runs her own successful painting classes, helped me through the experience with invaluable tips x!
Price includes double 'White Cotton' mount and 'Antique Silver' timber frame.