Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Resurrecting 'Fur in the Paint'

'Red Deer Stag'
Mixed Media on Paper
Original and prints available

So after ignoring my blog other than the occasional post for the best part of two years I've decided to resurrect it and post on a more regular basis.

Why did I ignore it and why have I decided to revive it? 
I haven't posted on my blog because I found it easier to keep in touch with people using other forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. It takes hardly any time to post an image on facebook with a few words to go with it. But while Facebook is excellent for keeping in touch and seeing what other artists are doing it has drawbacks.
So my decision to make an effort with my blog has come about as a result of two things. Firstly not everyone uses social media websites for a variety of reasons and a couple of people have mentioned that they miss my blog. Secondly I get many emails asking me how I do various things so it would save me time being able to post a mini tutorial instead of sending emails to different people and Facebook isn't designed for that.

'Hare in Reeds'
Original and Prints available

Since I last posted I've started a couple of what will eventually become series of artwork. Both series are a departure from my highly detailed work and I started them for when my time is limited and I need to produce something in days rather than weeks.

The first of these series I've called 'Country Characters' and each one will focus more on the character of the animal or bird than on anatomical correctness and detail.

First up 'Wilbur'

'Wilbur Wren'
Mixed media on Paper

For my second series I've returned to something I started several years ago, white on black with a touch of colour.
My first one is a hare because I've spent a lot of time recently watching them and they have such beautiful eyes.
'Watchful Hare'
White pencil and watercolour on black paper

So that's a short catch up and I'll be back in a couple of days to share what's on my drawing board.


Karie said...

Glad to see you back! Blogs are so much better than social media I think. They do take time to put together but they are out there for a much longer time span than the 5 minutes in a feed of facebook. Plus it's great to see more of your art!

Gayle Mason said...

Thanks Karie, I will make an effort to post on a regular basis