Fun time of year! Yes I know it is early… but design, print, market…. it all takes time!
Both are watercolours. “Chatterbox Wren” is a photo of a watercolour I did from a photo i took of a very young Superb Blue Wren making such a racket chirping on the roof. I edited the photo of the painting to add the Santa hat and wording.
The idea for the card below came about a couple of years ago when I was showing watercolour students how to paint a group of simple figures in the style of internationally renowned watercolorist, Robert Wade….. “Bob’s Blobs”. It was near Christmas and I love that red hat as a symbol of Christmas so voila!!!!! I have added red text since doing this little painting
I have been busy lately, with commissioned works. Earlier in the week I posted, to the Hilton Hotel gift shop in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 10 of my my handpainted sets….silk scarf with matching brooch which enable the wearer many styling options. Most of the brooches were my preferred landscape impressions but on two I painted images inspired by the colourful fish of the Great Barrier Reef.
Today I also completed another scarf (no brooch) on which I have been working as a sample requested by Griffith University, again in Queensland. The scarves they are considering are to have Queensland native flowers on them and the suggestion was the Waratah on a sample item. Ready to mail tomorrow.
A third commission completed is a blue wren on silk. What a novel idea from the couple asking for this as a special silk anniversary gift.
Those who follow my facebook page, Evelyn Antonysen at Forth Art Studio, will be aware that I am currently preparing for an exhibition of works on birds, “Wings”, to open mid-December. I have been posting some photos on my fb page but will also share them here. My initial degree was Science based asIi trained to be a Maths/Science teacher so scientific illustration has always been an interest. I love the careful observation and rendering but it art I also love freedom to go beyond accurate recording…. more of that looser style later. Most importantly, whatever style of presenting the image is adopted, the personality of the creature must be captured.
Superb Blue Wren preening
The most tricky of these 3 paintings was the wren as it’s form is not readily recognisable. Interesting I feel it is the one which captures the animal’s “personality” best…. perhaps because I watch them so much…. very entertaining and the males are so vain.
Two of the commission works which I have to get busy on are of Blue Wrens. Fortunately these delightful birds have been regular visitors to our garden in the past months so I have photos. At Penguin Market this Sunday I will be working on one of the paintings. I expect I will use a combintion of tube watercolour, and Inktense and traditional watercolour pencils. Retaining some of the pencil marks is a great way to suggest feather texture. Penguin Market, Arnold St Penguin is on from 9 to 3,30 Sundays. This will be the last one for this year. Next is 8 January but due t cataract surgery I may miss that one. Sorry.
This Sunday 23rd Oct at Penguin Market I will demonstrate working with Inktense and other watercolour (aquarelle) pencils. Inktense are very soft and make beautifully vibrant marks which can be dissolved and blended easily… looking like transparent layers of ink. I tend to use them in conjunction with various water soluble pencils. I will have a variety you can try to see how different brands vary and I will offer hints on how I find they are best used. The slide show here shows the nasturtiums I painted on silk using gutta technique last Sunday and a couple of examples of working with Inktense and Aquarelle pencils. (note these are quick i-phione photos taken indoors so reproduction accuracy is limited. The wren is unfinished).