Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Four Chickens and Out

That's it for now, with chickens - I can see how I could go further with them - but I would want to have them around to do so. If I did carry on with this series, I would try and use more expressive, freer marks, perhaps moving towards the abstract, and compose them better on the canvas - I continue to fill up the space available right to the edges...sigh!So that's that mini-series - for the next exciting production... um, not sure - I think I will go on a recce over the next couple of days and gather ideas and material. While I was photographing Chickens IV, I dropped my little hp camera that has been my constant companion since I got it, so I'll have to sketch references instead of clicking them - eek - might be good for me I guess, but I'm so mad I broke my precioussss >:o( Please Father Christmas....

6 comments:

Gillian said...

These are great, C. The A & C fair will be blessed to have them to display. The colour and fullness of frame are pleasing to the eye. But I also agree with p-knitter - the white chooks on the red background were so interesting! The suggestion of fowl shape - and the viewer's eye fills in the rest; it draws one into the painting. The "less is more" concept coming into play.

Gillian said...

Sorry to hear that you dropped your camera - rats man!

Sharon said...

These chickens are gorgeous! A wonderful series.

Vivienne said...

They are a wonderful little group, and will be greatly admired. Sorry they were at the expense of your camera. Insured? One good thing is you can get a better camera for less now, as the technology has improved and they're so mass produced, I suppose.
Helpful oil painting comment? Perhaps that they take a while to dry, and it is easy to get the whites and lights smeared through everything. Hard to rediscover the contrast and crisp brushstrokes. That may be why many oil painters block in from dark (let dry as much as poss) through to light. No rules of course, but I do think that is what happened to the feathery feathers.I speak as one who has been to lots of classes rather than as an expert!Love your dark blue!XX

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks, all, and for your very helpful comment V - impatience is a reason I probably shouldn't do oils... I thought if others do a painting a day, that might suit my style, but they must have mastered that smoodging the whites into the rest of the paint, that IS the problem!

janabouc said...

So sorry about your camera. I hope it won't affect your ability to post your artwork! These are just wonderful. It was great seeing the progression, both the steps along the way and how each successive chic pic was a bit stronger and looser. As another who's picked up oils after years in watercolor it's great to see how successful you were with these.