Owl with Attitude – the process

Owl with Attitude by Meg Mader The Journey Studio

Here is my new painting ‘Owl with Attitude’ and the process of how it progressed. This is one of my larger paintings at 48cm x 48cm and is currently available on Bluethumb.

This was so much fun to create as I was in a bit of a quirky mood at the time and let the painting lead me. The result…a rainbow owl. Fantastic!

Click on each image to see more detail:

 

  1. A light sketch to get the right shape
  2. Small amounts of colour
  3. Blocking in more colour to see the owl start to emerge
  4. A little bit of pink to add some warmth (this is where things started to change from boring brown)
  5. I loved using the pink so much that other colours just started calling to me
  6. More layers of colour to bring out the eyes and add character

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The Magpie – a stubborn bird that didn’t give up

The Magpie work in progressI have been working on a magpie painting with an idea in my head of how it should look. It was a disaster!

Nothing seemed to be going right with my painting but after some encouragement to continue, I went in slightly different direction and was really happy with the result.

After posting the painting on Facebook, it sold that same night.

Ah…the magic of social media!


The Magpie

Work in Progress – Edmund the Emu

Edmund_Emu_EyeMy current favourite medium is Matisse artist quality acrylic ink. The colours are vibrant, can be used as a wash to slowly build up colours or, for intense colour, can be used undiluted from the bottle. Here is my current work in progress – ‘Edmund’.

As a rule the eye is always painted first in my paintings of birds or animals as they have the most detail in the painting.

The rest is then lightly painted in with a wash with the colour slowly getting added as the layers build up. At this stage of the painting Edmund looks a bit messy and unrefined.Edmund_Complete

More layering is needed which is best to do slowly so not to overdo it. When I’m happy with the overall shape I start adding some darker colours in my sketchy style to suggest detail. This is the really fun part as I get to just let go and splash the ink around.

Here is the completed Edmund on the right. All ready to go in a nice white frame.

He is off to the Clare Rotary Art Exhibition where he will be available for sale.

The exhibition will run from 15-21 May.