I started drawing and painting about five years ago and I am delighted how much I progressed in this time thanks to Julie Douglas. Somebody commented to me recently I could never paint at your standard and my response was simply I couldn’t paint at my standard either.
Whilst learning to draw I actually learned how to look at the world around me and was amazed at what I saw. What had I been looking at all these years or more to the point why didn’t I take the time to look. For most of us the world goes racing by. I learned to draw, paint and slow down.
This little lady on the left belonged to a work colleague and friend and how better a thank you than to paint her pig before it moved on. I had never painted an animal before and already knew I didn’t enjoy painting people. However I could consider her still life as she was a photograph sitting on my table!
I learned a lot doing this last year and her new owner just loved her. This then led onto a request which at first I laughed off but then after a while I questioned myself “Could I ” and I did. The request was not for an animal but another prized possession…a tractor.
I spoke to Julie who was very encouraging and so I got started with out agreeing to the request but busying away in the back ground just in case it didn’t work out.
An outline first just to get me into the idea of the shape but this very quickly vanished as I started with the dark background and foreground colours staying away from the actual tractor for a while as it was quite scary. Once I started on the tractor I lost all detail which had to be put in again as I progressed..
It’s a bit play school looking in this one above. I did have fun on the sky though and the foreground reminded me of my work on a previous golf painting I did for charity. Here it is below ready for collection by its new owner where it will go to meet the pig.
This one below is a water colour I painted a few years ago and it’s been hiding in a portfolio ever since. A cousin in USA recently shared a photograph of a peony rose which brought my painting to mind so out it came and was framed and is now displayed on the wall.