Monday, 25 November 2013

Something New

Two Watercolours completed in the last week, both half sheet ( 57cm x 38cm). I have had these subjects on my to do list for quite sometime but due to my sheep flock they remained on the back burner.
No shortage of reference material for these subjects either.
Friends in Group 12
38cm x 57cm

We have plenty of herds of cows not very far from us and when Ian was driving past, this happy group was close to the fence and unlike trying to get sheep faces (they run away as soon as they see the camera), D,K, and G were happy to pose. I love the hairstyle of G it almost looks like a wig sitting on top of its head!


Magpies and Kangaroo Apple
38cm x 57cm

I did have a couple of good photos of Magpies on the lawn in our back garden but had not until now had any inspiration for a painting. For me sometimes it is because I have not found a way of incorporating them into a painting and I am not really into just doing them as a little study. I have always been an all or nothing type of girl so they sit dormant until I have the whole picture in my mind. I have combined the Magpies with a native bush, Kangaroo Apple, this has an olive looking type of berry and these purple flowers. I believe the Aborigines used it for some medicinal purposes.I had never noticed it before but where I have been attending Photoshop classes there are lots of these bushes on the property and actually it was the fruit that caught my eye and I had thought of adding them to my edible series but apparently they are not edible so using them as background for my Magpies seemed ideal.

12 comments:

  1. Your Three Friends are gorgeous, Lorraine. Such wonderfully character filled faces. I love them. :-)

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  2. Good start to the week dear Lorraine!
    Works related to the precise place where you live, enchant me! This reality so special along with your special touch to represent the animals and the spirit of nature is a magnificent side of your watercolor Art!
    Happy painting,Rita.

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  3. How nice of the cows to pose for you! And they turned out beautifully....wish I had some nearby. I really love your Magpies Lorraine and the kangaroo apples. Gorgeous purples and greens with the yellow background.

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  4. Great job on the cows, I can almost hear them mooing! A lot of personality in your animal portraits. I love the magpies, they combine beautifully with the background of the painting.

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  5. a very endearing and engaging composition, Lorraine. You do animals just great.

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  6. A handsome trio of cows. The magpies turned out great too. Nice background.

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  7. I love the way you painted the cows ...sagging skin and all, just great ! And beautiful how you placed the magpies in the middle of a bush to make a full painting and not just a magpie.

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  8. Fab job on the cows Lorraine. Great characters all three.

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  9. The painting of the cows is great!!! They always look so content. I like the berry bush added to your magpies. The contrast of colors is really nice. Looks like you had a productive week.

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  10. Lorraine - your cows are wonderful. They make a lovely threesome. Love the magpies with the berries- your work is always so beautiful. Have a great day.

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  11. Dear blogging friends
    Thank you all for leaving your so much appreciated comments. Most of your replies come in whilst I am asleep and I see read first thing in the morning and it makes such a lovely start to my day
    take care, Lorraine

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  12. Dear Lorraine:) Wow, I think you have painted the cows beautifully . They look so sweet! And the birds are also super. Birds are always grateful subjects to paint. They are both beautiful watercolours!:)xx

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