|' PROTECTED' lion cub watercolour painting|
Hello Everybody, I do apologise for the lack in posting recently! I've not been able to progress with any pieces due to other commitments however I thought I'd show you a piece I started last year. Unfortunately it is a painting that won't be completed...
It is an image that immediately caught my eye - I loved the little cubs expression and the warmth and protection of its mother wrapped around him, the huge paw also gave a great perspective on the size ratio of adult to cub. After years of trying and working on different papers to suit my style and technique I finally found a paper that I was really happy with called Whatman watercolour paper 300gsm NOT.
The Whatman company goes back more than 260 years, with its papers being used by famous artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, William Blake and J M W Turner amongst many others. I bought it at A1 size of singular sheets from my local art shop. It had a lovely subtle texture and was stern enough to move around without fear of creasing or bending. After a few pet commissions I eventually ran out and went to buy some more to find that the Whatman brand was no longer available for sale anywhere. Therefore I chose the paper which appeared the most similar called Waterford watercolour paper 300gsm NOT.
Quite a large piece at 16" x 12" I started sketching the body shapes out (never in any detail whatsoever merely basic shapes and lines). I always start a painting with the eyes to bring it to life before continuing- this is just my preference, I then worked up the colouring and fur detail around the face ears and neck. It was only when I started to reach the larger areas that I noticed the paper warping very slightly which made it uncomfortable to work with as I had to wait for it to dry to allow the 'bubbled' areas to settle down. Unfortunately as I started the piece at smaller sections this was unnoticeable to me whilst painting, but then it became apparent, so what you see here in the picture is as far as I got before I decided it wasn't working for me.
It breaks my heart as it is such a lovely picture, and I know that people would wonder why I didn't just finish it thinking it is fairly close to completion, but honestly it is probably only a quarter the way through! Nevermind it can go in the book as 'a lesson learnt'. Perhaps in the future I'll redo it or crop it to just a cub portrait. You'll be glad to know that since that ordeal I am happily married to Winsor & Newton watercolour paper 425gsm, which is absolutely perfect for me and highly recommended to all! :)