I got back from feeding the ponies last night, and what should I find but the Moomin doing a fairly good impression of me :D She had taken over the kitchen, borrowed my table easel and was even playing my Prodigy album at full blast!!! I knew that she'd bought some supplies while out shopping with her Dad, but I was caught totally by surprise at her single minded determination to produce her own picture, with absolutely no input from me!
It's nearly finished already and I just love my girl's style :D I'm very proud. So much in fact that I dug out my own acrylic paints and an old canvas that had been painted blue, just because I wanted to paint something but didn't know what, so I just painted lots of blue swirls.
An idea formed and with as little preparation as my daughter, I sketched a chalk owl roughly onto the canvas and copied a picture from a reference book. I just threw a load of colours onto the canvas and had a play.
Painting the white feathers over the darker colours was just enormous fun and the owl was finished in less than 3hours. Crikey! Have I been making a mistake fighting with watercolours for all these years? Maybe not, as I love watercolours and lovely wet washes. The trouble is that I then try to get tighter and start to fiddle, which just makes the colours muddy. Whereas here I could fiddle as much as I wanted and it just looked better and better.
I'm off now to get some more canvases, for Moomin, myself and now the son wants to have a go, haha!
I'll be making some prints of this soon for the Etsy shop. Can you tell I'm doing a happy dance :D