A bit late posting this blog, but here are details of the video that went up on the channel on Sunday. This week, I take you through painting a reindeer in watercolour with no initial pencil drawing and a loose and lively style of brushwork. You can see the finished painting here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/reindeer-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html Materials used: Daler Rowney mixed media paper (A2), artdiscount.co.uk synthetic watercolour brushes, Winsor and Newton professional watercolours (alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, naples yellow, neutral tint)
In this week's Sunday Art Show, I show you how to create a painting of a sheep in an autumn landscape using watercolour and interactive acrylic. You can see the finished painting in hi-res here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/sheep-in-autumn-landscape-mike-jory.html You can find a gallery of sheep paintings and drawings here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/collections/sheep+paintings The sheep inspiration came from a visit to the flock at Powderham castle in the summer. The trees were inspired by some bright orange foliage in a car park in Exeter. I use loose washes and lots of different ways of applying the paint to create the finished sheep and landscape painting. Materials used: 7B pencil, Winsor and Newton Watercolour Set (Cotman), Synthetic round and flat brushes, Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, Atelier interactive acrylics (titanium white, burnt umber, cadmium yellow deep, alizarin crimson, french ultramarine)
This week, I show you an overview of an amazing exhibition of artwork by a range of the region's top painters and sculptors. Each year, the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts holds an open exhibition. This year, 2019, the open exhibition is being held at Exeter Castle, it runs until 23rd Nov and is open 10am to 430pm daily. Entry to the exhibition is free. If you like to check out the online catalogue of artwork on display then click this link to go to the SWAc website: https://www.southwestacademy.org.uk/open-2019-online-catalogue
In this week's video, I show you how to create a loose and lively watercolour painting of a crowd of people walking through a city street. My crowd happen to be protesting against climate change but the techniques apply to any group of people. You can see the finished painting "Time to stop" (prints are also available to buy) here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/street-protest-in-exeter-watercolor-painting-mike-jory.html materials used: daler-rowney mixed media paper, ball point pen (brown), Winsor and Newton watercolours (ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, ivory black, lemon yellow, alizarin crimson), synthetic brushes: rounds and flats
This week's video is all about watercolour painting. I show you, step by step, how I created "Autumn at Exeter Cathedral" see the finished painting or buy a print etc here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/exeter-cathedral-watercolour-painting-mike-jory.html Starting with a very simple line drawing that only includes basic shapes, I take a loose and lively approach to painting Exeter Cathedral in watercolour. Thin washes are applied first, then some quick gestural brushwork is used to pick out details here and there and create a variety of textures. I move trees around to create a better composition for this large building in the county town of Devon, work in an impressionist style, keeping things simple but effective and always maintaining a sense of space and light. Materials used: Flat and round synthetic brushes, A2 Daler Rowney mixed media paper, Winsor and Newton watercolours: Burnt umber, french ultramarine, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson. Also used a little bit of atelier interactive acrylic at the end: titanium white, alizarin crimson, french ultramarine. Winsor and Newton watercolour marker pen turquoise
This week, I show you how to combine wet-in-wet watercolour style painting techniques with more traditional acrylic methods, using interactive acrylic for both, to create a painting of a stag with antlers in the English countryside. The finished painting "In My Prime" can be seen in hi-res here https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/stag-with-antlers-in-landscape-painting-mike-jory.html Materials: Daler-Rowney mixed media paper, Winsor & Newton Watercolour marker (cerulean blue), synthetic brushes (flat and round), atelier interactive acrylics: permanent alizarin, french ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber, titanium white
I start out by briefly going through the application process for the competition, then I describe my day, from being filmed, to painting en plein air, meeting famous artists and battling with rain storms. There were lots of possible subjects to paint, including battleships, sail boats, stormy skies, the sea, a lighthouse, grand buildings etc. I elected to paint the view across the water of Drakes Island. All in all, I had a fantastic day! Hope you enjoy the video.
'Dominique in the sunlight' see the finished painting in hi-res here: https://mike-jory.pixels.com/featured/dominique-dominicker-hen-chicken-pilgrim-fowl-painting-mike-jory.html This week, I show you how to create an acrylic painting of a dominiker hen also known as a dominique or pilgrim fowl. These black and white feathered chickens actually have quite a few subtle colours in their plumage that I've tried to capture. I used interactive acrylics for this chicken painting and this allowed me to readily apply thin watercolor-like washes and thicker layers to dinstinguish between bird and background. Materials used: Daler-Rowney A2 mixed media paper, Atelier interactive acrylics: alizarin crimson, french ultramarine, cadmium yellow light, burnt umber, carbon black, titanium white, synthetic brushes (half inch and one inch flats, small round brush), water spray bottle