|Photograph by Lindsay Fitzpatrick|
This time I was so keen to get on with the picture that I forgot to take a photo of the work to record its progress. That's why there is no sketch of the image in charcoal and the first stage we see already has quite a lot of the canvas covered.
|Canvas size is 23 x 30 cm|
|'Seagull looking out to sea'|
This time I struggled with the bird's feathers and I still wasn't happy with the picture.
|More work done to the tail feathers and sea|
|Final version of 'Seagull looking out to sea' by Karen Davies|
Oh well, I think the answer is to get myself a copy of 'Drawing Birds' (published with the RSPB in 1986 and revised in collaboration with Bill Oddie in 2004). This book was produced by the brilliant wildlife artist John Busby, who died aged 87 in June 2015. He was passionate about painting birds and was also an inspirational teacher. He was able to capture the essence of a bird's movement in just a few strokes of pencil and watercolour wash in the field and develop the rest of the painting back in the studio. See for yourself using this link: http://www.discoverwildlife.com/gallery/looking-birds-art-gallery-john-busby I couldn't even capture a seagull standing still, so I have much to learn from the master!
Other arty news is that a new gallery dedicated to a French artist Irene Laksine has opened in the high street in Cookham. http://www.irenelaksine.co.uk/gallery.html Her work seems to be mostly flamboyant, colourful abstracts and looks very interesting. I must check it out, although I think her silk scarves prints are a bit beyond my pocket! C'est la vie.