1/22/2010

Work in progress





I have been testing out my new Christmas present brushes, there is nothing more inspiring than new equipment! I have posted the work in progress so you can see how I paint. I took lots of photographs of hens and cockerels when I last visited Chatsworth. (A great place to poultry watch!). Some of these showed good close up details of the head, some of the tail feathers etc. I suppose the final painting has selected the best references from over twenty shots.

First of all I make a drawing in pencil on water colour paper, here I am using a tinted Bockingford. I then do a colour wash base before adding the final details. many tiny brush strokes over many hours. As with all my work, I am not 100% happy with the outcome, I have learnt to live with my shortcomings and hope to do better next time!

37 comments:

  1. acornmoon - do better next time?! i think is a very clever piece of artwork but you always know your capacity for imporvement better than anyone else so i'll take your word for it!! i appreciate your showing the stages of your work. have a peaceful day. steven

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  2. Fascinating to see how the work progresses - thanks for sharing!

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  3. I enjoy seeing an artist's progression on a piece. Beautiful!!

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  4. Valerie, this is a fine painting! As the previous commenters have said, it's grand to see various stages along the way to completion.

    I have never used Bockington paper, and will remember to get some, someday, to try.

    Your colors are marvelous!

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  5. I too, love seeing the progression of a piece of art. The brushes may be good, but I know it is the talent that does the real work.

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  6. Beautiful, Acornmoon! I love all the detail, and the gradations of colour.

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  7. A tribute to your patience, as well as skill!

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  8. Your art work must take you many hours but worth it when you get results like this.

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  9. How terrific that you shared your process -- I notice the magnifying glass on your workspace -- so that's how you get all those fine lines to such an effective finish in the feathers! Gorgeous bird! Such patience to do what you do so well.

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  10. Beautiful Art Work !! Roosters are looking fantastic !!

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  11. It is beautiful. I would be honoured to have that by you. I'm not really rooster person, but I would buy yours. Just beautiful.

    Willow

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  12. You are talented. I love the outcome.

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  13. Just love seeing the process,I shared yours with my painting students today. They loved it of course.
    Thanks for the Hobgoblin comment. I've been busy creating my own female version. Can't wait to share with you:)

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  14. Valerie, I would give my eye teeth to be able to paint a cockerel like that - he is magnificent.

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  15. For me it would be enough to have at least half of your talent!
    The cockerel is amazing.
    Have a nice week end. Eli

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  16. Great piece and such a proud bird.

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  17. Valerie, why is it that as artists we are so often not satisfied with what we do, i am terrible at doing that. I think its your painting is beautiful, i admire the wonderful detail you manage to put into your work. x

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  18. It is amazing to see how you take a plain white piece of paper and make such a masterpiece of brilliant colour and detail. You really have a gift.

    Gillian

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  19. It is very interesting to see how you achieve your wonderful illustrations. He is a very fine cockerel indeed:)

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  20. He's a handsome one, Valerie!

    Diane

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  21. It is a lovely work.

    Congratulations.

    Your happiness and transparence feeling.

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  22. It's always interesting to view stages of work by other artists. The end result looks lovely to me and I enjoyed being able to zoom on the 2nd pic to see the bird's beautifully wrought features. Well done! Lesley

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  23. What a delightful rooster, and such a treat to be able to see your work process. I'm very much involved with chooks at the moment and we are thinking about getting a rooster to control the girls. I'd love one like you've pictured here.

    I really appreciate your support of my blog and value your comments. Thanks so much, Carol

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  24. I love roosters, & seeing an artist's process. Thanks for sharing this lovely work.

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  25. I love the result of your in depth research and your craft and artistry! Simply stunning!

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  26. It was lovely to see your stages, it is a gorgeous painting. I was interested to see the magnifying glass, as the detail is wonderful.
    The new brushes are working some magic here.

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  27. Oh my friend..what a very talented artist you are..I so admire your work....i just LOVE it......

    perfect...

    kary
    xxx

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  28. Your detail is so exquisite and colors so rich! Recently I received a gift of several new brushes and paints that I tried out this morning and was so excited... I agree with you that it is so inspiring to have new materials to work with. I love your art!

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  29. ps. Thanks so much for visiting my Maine Memories Art studio blog and leaving such a lovely comment...we do have much in common! Somehow I started 2 other blogs that aren't connected to my original blogs so to avoid too much confusion (for me and others) I just changed my sign in name from Nancy Maine Memories to the same name that I have on my other blogs (shells and roses being one of them). They still are separate but now the sign in name is the same. I don't know if this will make any sense! Maybe this will make it more confusing.
    Thanks again...

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  30. Valerie..Hi...it's Kary from Farmhouse...I did what you said about the link for Christina....i wasn't sure how to do it....and it WORKED ! She is linked and now I know how....THANK YOU, dear friend for your help..very much appreciated..now I can do it...

    and be sure to stop by her blog....she is a treasure....

    thanks again
    love,
    kary
    xxx

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  31. Lovely to see how you work Valerie. This is such a beautiful painting. I like the underpainting stage too. Even that is very interesting.

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  32. you inspired me to go and buy a new tiny thin brush for some itty bittiness! Magnificent cockerel! Thanks!

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  33. It's beautiful! Can't imagine it getting any better!

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  34. Woowwwww! It's so great, like one real!!!You are very profesionnnaly person!:)

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