|beginning stages of wash and start of cat|
Hello, this painting is inspired by one of my favourite artists Jean Haines and one of her favourite subjects. Jeans stunning use of the medium watercolour is magical and leaves me excited / inspired / positive / energetic, every time I read about / look at her artworks. She uses watercolour in an opposite way to me which is why I love it so much! I sometimes shy away from leaving my comfort zone as I know what I'm capable of, however I have noticed that my view on differing styles of art is constantly changing and evolving, and I'm slowly developing my own style and technique. I love detail, colour and realism - I find these factors in a painting come naturally to me. However it's 'beyond' this that I want to achieve. I want to capture a moment in time, a mood, take the viewer into the picture scene - expressing nature and my passion for animals. I find that my art is sometimes mechanical like a scientific drawing. This stems from my desire to recreate exactly what I see and what others will know. I want to loosen up, combine realism with energy and excitement :)
Here is another quote I found that made me smile -
Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
For this painting I knew exactly what subtle colour wash would highlight the cats colouring and personality so I got started with a peach / lilac background. It was achieved by wetting the paper and leaving a rough water outline of the edge of the cat. The colours chosen were originally a lot darker but as with watercolour the colours become paler as they dry. I considered darkening parts however I thought it was such a pretty fusion of colour so I left it as the paint decided...I may add to it later.