Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
If you want to draw birds from life then this book is a good place to start.
Drawing Birds by John Busby
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd; 2nd ed edition (19 Jul 2004)
Available from Amazon
The book is written by John Busby who has been drawing birds for over 60 years. He was born in 1928 and studied at Leeds and Edinburgh Colleges of Art.
As well as his own paintings the book contains work from 37 other bird artists, many of them members of the Society of Wildlife Artists. Most of the artwork included are drawings made on the spot.
The book is split into 7 chapters including:-
Birds in Water
Birds in the Bush
Birds in the Air
Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with examples from a wide range of artists who work from life.
The book is not about a photo realistic approach, rather about achieving drawings that have character and life. For anyone who wants to understand the birds they are painting or drawing then I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The Treecreeper appears a little perplexed, in fact I'm sure he'd scratch his head if he could. I think he visits every day just to see what's on the menu, being an insect eater he's not been too impressed with my offerings up to now.
I've been working on my Woodpecker and I have to say I'm enjoying painting the bark.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
It's a Great Spotted Woodpecker and it was perched on one of my Silver Birch trees when I photographed it.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
It's watercolour on Arches Hot Press Watercolour paper, 10 x 8inches.
I've been giving some thoughts to what I want to achieve in 2009.
Birds will play a big part in my work, both photographs and paintings. I intend to continue working on improving my photography as I have become increasingly interested in it as art in its own right.
My specific aims are:-
- I aim to produce 6 new feline works for the 2009 SOFA exhibition.
- I aim to submit 2 works to NEWA and at least one piece to SWLA .
- I aim to enter at least 3 competitions.
- I aim to develop my miniature painting and submit to one exhibition.
- I aim to complete at least one new painting each month.
- I aim to post on my blog at least 3 times a week
- I aim to spend one day each week on marketing with the aim of approaching a Gallery with my portfolio by the Autumn
- I aim to have a tidy up of both my websites, and my squidoo lens