1/2 sheet Arches Rough 140lb (300gsm)
(57cm x 38cm)
Colours: Quinacridone Gold
Raw Sienna, Indigo, Perm. Rose
Monday, 9 December 2013
I have admired and been inspired by photographs I see on the internet and grateful to the wildlife photographers who have allowed me to paint from their images. I also respect and acknowledge their talent in what they do. A week ago I did a one day photography course at the Adelaide Zoo. It was seven hours long and 3 of those were shooting pictures and 4 was theory. I must admit I signed up to do the course to hopefully come away with some fantastic images of my own to paint but as with most things in life - it is not that easy. I have processed my images, binned more than two thirds and acknowledge I will never be a decent photographer as it must take just the same thousands of hours and dedication to achieve that status as does watercolour painting and frankly I would rather paint. I have also finished my Photoshop Elements course with Lindy Downing from Coorong Imaging and this too was full of more theory on procesing images than I will ever need but what it did provide me with was the tools to take and process better images of my own artwork, see merit in photographs I may have passed over to paint and so to me it has certainly been worthwhile. Yesterday I revisited the album of images my daughter in law Susie and her friends gave me from their trip to Africa a couple of years ago and chose this group of lions to paint. The hours I have spent in my studio improving my observation and watercolour techniques has enabled me to have this painting today when it would not have been possible back then. The artist journey is certainly a roller coaster ride but I am so grateful to be on it.