Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico soft press 300lb paper, 7″ x 5″
I worked from left to right and at first I was just painting trees but once I decided to include a fox I started drawing everything in pencil before painting.
It’s been years since I’ve drawn with pencil directly on a watercolor painting before using paint. I really don’t have much practice drawing animals and I didn’t want to risk mistakes so I sketched all of them in my sketchbook before drawing them on the painting.
What started as one fox in the center then turned into an entire parade. The paint I used was Italian Dark Ochre (PY43) that I made myself with pigment from Natural Pigments. I think the scan makes the color look redder than it is.
In other news I’m finally back from a month long vacation, after another 31 hour train ride across half the US. I didn’t get nearly as many things painted as I had wanted for various reasons but this is one of the few things that I did paint. Since I was traveling I used a Da Vinci cosmotop spin #5 travel brush for the whole painting.
This is a copy of Chill October by John Everett Millais. The original painting is 55.5″x73.5″ (141 × 186.7cm) so at the small size that I was working I had a hard time getting in much detail, but I wasn’t trying to make an exact copy. This was a lot of fun because I used various earth paints that I don’t normally use.
Here’s a closer view of the leaves because I liked the texture of the paint there.
I’m finally back after being out of town for over a month and now I can get back into painting. Here I’ve depicted some of the ever clouded mountains of Yunshan using using some Italian Raw Umber pigment from Rublev that I made into watercolor myself.
Tomorrow I think I’ll edit and upload some of the 900+ photos I took out of the train window on the way back home. I also got a ton of new paints in oil and watercolor, so maybe I’ll post swatches and reviews coming up.
I made this mostly to practice with different paints. I wanted to try out a Graphite Grey, made from graphite, that I got not too long ago from Williamsburg. Also it’s been a really long time since I used my Venetian Red from Winsor & Newton. Probably ten years or something. Besides that I think the only other color I used was Naples Yellow Italian also from Williamsburg. I have to say I like all three of them a lot.
Lately I’ve just been making a few sketches like this. I’ve gotten a variety of new paints over the past few months that I haven’t showcased here yet, and I actually have more on the way right now (or I would, if the catalog would ever ship them =_=). I’ll get back into posting paint swatches soon.