Painting critically endangered animals has inspired me to explore more subjects….. ones that are extinct. I haven’t explored many “boy” themes in the past, but wanted the challenge. I’ve been painting a lot of stand alone motifs lately to digitally transform into placement on products. My son asked me to paint him some dinosaurs.
Painting and drawing bugs has brought memories to mind. Of the days as a family we would trek through the forest on our camping adventures to happen upon bright weird shaped mushrooms that would sprout from dead tree trunks and rotting wood. White, red, brown, orange.... all the shapes and colours you could imagine. So naturally painting them has always been on my to do list.
Watercolour on Arches paper
I love to draw what I dream about. Now we live in the countryside surrounded by farms and stock, the other thing you encounter is the cycle of life. So I've been inspired to paint lots and lots of skulls and trying different interpretations of how they can form a new life. It seems perfect to match delicate flowers and leaves with the upcoming season of Spring.
Last December I had an idea to paint custom watercolour wreaths at a market stall. It was fun.
A few years ago I experimented turning watercolours into digital clip art. I still look at these leaves and remember individually 'cutting' around every single leaf..... it took so long but it also satisfied the OCD within.
I'm still very fond of watercolours and I'm working a lot more with them at the moment as a way to counterbalance working with acrylic paint. I love both mediums but they both have different texture and abilities, and it is a great way to relax the mind by playing with both.