I love this time of year. Lots of hustle and bustle getting ready for each exhibition for the year.
It’s already started for me. I agreed to be a pick up point for the Society of Feline Artists (S.O.F.A) exhibition that will take place from 28th April to 7th May.
Click the SOFA image to read their blog and see directions to the exhibition.
I’m delighted to have had the following 4 pieces accepted.
The exhibition, which will open daily 10:00am – 60:00pm is part of Cats Protection 90th Anniversary celebrations.
There will be lots of original artwork, prints and greetings cards – including mine – on sale and Cats Protection will benefit from each sale.
If you love all things feline, this should prove to be a great exhibition and day out for you!
Cats Protection Visitors Centre
National Cat Centre
Sussex RH17 7TT
If you’re planning to visit use RH17 7DE to be directed to the correct site entrance.
Every year I set out to be ready with artwork for the plethora of competitions that seem to all kick off at the beginning of the year. In reality only the advertising kicks off, but its enough to send me scurrying to my easel with a head full of ideas.
….and you guessed it every year I am painting like a maniac to make sure I have new work to show.
So here’s one I’ve just finished…
I love Tigers, well I love all cats really, but Tigers are so colourful and look so regal. This is from one of my own reference shots and not only is it a competition piece, but its the subject matter for my latest pastel workshop.
If you like the look of this chap and fancy learning how to re-create his likeness in pastel on velour, there are still workshop spaces available – but only 3 for 4th April.
For other dates click here to check the workshops page on the main website.
Pastels not your thing?….try airbrushing
There are not many courses available in the UK where Wildlife art is taught, so I decided to create my own. It’s not as complex as you might think – like anything, just takes a little practise to get to grips with a new tool.
If you fancy a taster session watch this space, the course outline will be available in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime email me if you are interested.
Next competition piece is under way
So to give you a flavour of what you can do with an airbrush, here’s the start of the next competition piece. This is sadly not my reference, but was downloaded from the Wildlife Reference Photos for Artists site – a fab ref library for any artist.
It’s a beautiful shot from the very talented photographer Emanuel Keller.
Anyway progress so far looks like this:
The piece is approx17.5″ x 11″, acrylic on canvas.
I tape the canvas to the drawing board and transfer my sketch using red graphite paper which is less prone to smudging.
Next I mask the Snow leopard using frisket mask so that I can concentrate on the background without worrying about keeping the main subject clean.
I gradually build up layers of texture and colour to create the rock face. At this point I’m about ready to leave the rock face and start on the Snow Leopard.
I have just completed my Pet Portraiture Diploma with the London Art College and passed with a Distinction!
So ever the student, I enrolled on my next adventure – a Creative Arts (Hons) degree with the Open College of Art.
As part of the course students are required to keep a learning journal, so I have added new pages to this blog to act as that journal. You can follow my progress and see the outcome of my adventures on the Creative Arts Journey pages.
Part 1 is all about mark-making and has been great fun to explore. Since it was so in-depth there are several pages for you to browse.
Hope you find it as interest as I did and who knows you might be inspired to give it a go yourself.
I have been so busy with study, work and holidays that it’s been a while since I did a cat show, but that will all change next weekend (8/10/2011).
Well it feels like I’ve been offline for ages, but in fact it’s only 3 weeks. Amazing how you feel out of touch and to think that not so long ago we got on quite nicely without blogs and email and Facebook!
Anyway I’m back and here’s an update on my latest piece.
Panthro and Tigra
These two belong to Helena Rushbridge, or is it the other way around – I never know with cats. We certainly don’t own Amber, we’re just casual staff!
Anyway back to the plot:
Here is the gallery showing the development of the Panthro and Tigra piece from initial images through layout options to the finished piece.
We ran through a number of options before settling on one where they were sitting close, but not too close :0)
There’s a great shot half way through where Tigra’s half rendered stripes look like PJs, and I love the light falling on Panthro’s black fur.
Well strangely I’m loving this… I think it’s the discipline of rendering life-like foliage. I’m giving as much attention to the laurel as I am to the main subjects – which is no bad thing. Time was when I would have dashed off a background and then not been happy with it – maybe I’m finally mellowing in my ‘middle age’.
Anyway here’s the latest shot of it with a little more laurel:
Now I’m thinking of a new direction for my work. I won’t say much right now, but I’m off to do lots of reseach on the Crown Jewels…! John say’s I should call this one “Keep quiet and act like a bush!”
August already! Soon the Easter eggs will be in the shops ;0)
Well I’ve had another crazy month with lots going on. I got a ‘debosser’ last week! It stamps an impression into the mount board with my name in a roundel and the works ‘original artwork’. I’m really pleased with it because you can use it on gold foil wafers too. These are great to use as authentication on limited editions. I decided that I will start creating some OSWoA (Original Small Works of Art) pieces. So I’ll use this method to authenticate them. You’ll have to watch this space for that though.
So I went up to my studio all set to start on the Siamese….and then I saw Jasper and Molly!
If you follow the Pet Portrait Artist forum, you’ll have seen the WIP that I started on there ages ago…Now I don’t know about you, but there are times when I just have to finish something before I move on.
Sometimes I even have to do the washing up before I paint! (I know that’s a bit extreme and I should seek therapy)
Anyway, since this is a college piece too I thought I’d better finish it, so those lovely Siamese are still in the pile waiting for me to get a move on.
BUT, here’s an update on Molly and Jasper… The brief is to create a piece that has two subjects from different reference material. I decided to add in the foliage to link the two together.
We have lots of lovely foliage in the garden, so armed with my camera I went in search of soemthing interesting. I photographed variagated Laurel and Photinia and settled on the laurel because I liked the berries.
It’s oddly satisfying creating the laurel because as you put in the outline it looks really flat. then as you start to add the darks and the shadows it really comes to life.
So, this has become my latest obsession and the Siamese will have to curl up and sleep until another day.