Berrydelicious Watercolour on 300gsm paper on museum grade panel 14" x 18"
I fell in love with a photo of this gang gang cockatoo I saw on facebook by photographer Tim Corbett and was so pleased he allowed me to use it. This is a pure watercolour and I don't know if it is because I painted it after doing the sheep mixed media piece but I so loved how beautifully the paint glided over the paper. It may also have been due to the paper being glued to a museum grade panel which had an unsuccessful work on it. I painted it out with thick acrylic paint and applied a couple of coats of gesso and was going to paint on that. I have been wanting to experiment attaching a blank piece of watercolour to a board too so decided to use the panel for that instead. How pleased I was as I tried it for this watercolour. Maybe the joy and ease of flow had something to do with it remaining completely flat. Anyhow as always there are so many variables its seems near impossible to consider it will be like this next time. Maybe I should stick with one thing and do several works using all the same ingredients to test all this out but I am always so keen to try out something new to me. The background has been textured using clingfilm and then I just hinted at real foliage around the bird. Colour palette of Winsor Yellow, Prussian blue, Scarlet Lake, Winsor Red and Alizarin Crimson. I will be adding a wax varnish to this so it can be hung without glass either frameless or with choice of frame.