In 2020 I realised I am way more of a perfectionist than I thought I was. The solution to that is to churn out as many happy digital birds as possible.
Day 20: An Angelic Arctic Tern.
Fun fact about me, I am slightly obsessed with the Northern Lights. His Dark Materials is my favourite book series and seeing the Northern Lights was number one on my bucket list. So here’s an artic scene – let’s imagine it’s Tilda Vasara’s daemon.
I’m posting them over on my Instagram first (@artjmtinsta) so you can follow along there.
I was in a bit of an art-funk, not knowing where to go with my work. Whenever I get into that kind of mood I like to go back to old projects and try taking them in a new direction. For my friend’s birthday I worked into a watercolour painting with pens to create this elephant piece for her:
I was happy with the result so decided to go back into my Arctic scene and inject some new life into it.
I started by staying as true to the original photo as possible and used the tones of the sky as a guide of where to add pen and what colour to add. After initially plotting out the pen work, I started following the tones of the watercolour paint itself, go back and forth between the paint and the photo.
I really wasn’t sure how to balance out the sky, the ground and the silhouette, but I think adding a little bit of colour here and there helped get the overall feel that I wanted. A big part of that trip for me was FINALLY getting to see the Northern Lights so I think that had an influence too. I’m not sure if it’s finished, but I think this is all I can achieve right now.
I would love to know what thoughts anyone has. I’m working on another piece that’s much more structured (the interior of a grand cathedral) and it’s proving to be much more difficult than this was which is not what I expected at all. I suppose today was just playing around, so there was no feeling of what it should look like at the end, whereas I started the other piece with a relatively fixed idea. Just goes to show you should never stop playing I guess!
P.S: Hope you’re all enjoying the first bit of Spring! I’m hoping to be able to start painting outside again soon.