Some good news, and new paintings

Good news first: The Cockatoo that I painted some weeks ago has been accepted into the Animal Art Show at the Cruelty Free Festival in October. Only 40 works were chosen so I’m very pleased that it was one of them. 

For those of you who don’t know, the Cruelty Free Festival - in its tenth year this year - is all about promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle, whether that’s veganism, vegetarianism, only using products not made from or tested on animals, and so on. So much unnecessary cruelty is perpetrated against animals every day and festivals like this help to raise awareness of that and also help people to find alternatives. You’d be amazed how easy it is these days!

The Cockatoo painting will be available to buy for $A320 and every cent of that goes to Animal Liberation NSW, so if you’re an animal lover and an art lover who lives in Sydney (or wants an excuse to visit), I hope you’ll come along, eat some great food, see some great products, and maybe even buy some art :)

In other news, I’ve been having a wonderful time doing some paintings that are very close to my heart - characters from science fiction. I can’t tell you what the first one is, yet, as I’ve sent it to someone as a surprise (I’ll post it here after they receive it). But I can share the second one with you!

To make this painting, I bought some Canson Mat Board (really heavy card) that’s black on one side and white on the other. I really love painting on a black background. To start the drawing off I use a yellow watercolour pencil, because it shows up well but can also be erased with water. Once I’ve got a rough layout drawn, I put down permanent lines using a white gel pen. Once dry, I can still wet and erase the remaining yellow lines, leaving me with a clean white line drawing:


The next step is to paint. For this painting I only needed three colours - white, blue and burnt sienna. When mixed, blue and burnt sienna form a lovely chromatic grey, which then when mixed with white gives me a full range of values which I can also adjust the temperature of by using more blue (colder) or more sienna (warm). In the end, however, I did have to add a pure black, because towards the end I smudged the painting on one side and needed to paint over the smudge. Most of the black lines were made by simply not painting those areas, but as you can see I did add some back in, as well as adding some pockmarks and scratches using both a black copic pen and the white gel pen. So here’s the end result:


This painting is on its way to Ireland for somebody in the Postcard Art Group. As for me, I’ve got to decide what to paint next!

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