This allowed me to see that most of the painting was mid and dark tones with a few pops of lights – the chickens. I used Tombow pens they do many greys, I used 3, a light mid & dark.
Back in our friends garden, I didn’t plan to paint this but thought is had a charm. I made a quick ‘Notan’ sketch before – which is a Japanese name for light and dark design:
This pic is trying to capture the chickens while they were moving and having a bite to eat from their red bowl.
I used fresh marks and not too worked especially around the chickens. Their house was tricky as it was in a lot of shade, but still enough to show the light and dark sides. Simplified the background as it wasn’t important.
Last week was the Private View of the New English Art Club exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. So proud to have one in this show, really tough competition to get into as the standard is very high.
The NEAC call themselves the Contemporary Impressionists, which really fits my work. My painting is hung in the main room of the gallery on the small painting wall – at the top ‘Silver Birch in Snow’ The show finishes on the 23rd June it’s worth a look if you can get there.