Monday 18 May 2020

Whiter shade of pale

Private Commissions
"Neeko" Centre
©Kaye Parmenter 2020

Neeko is the latest addition to my commission portfolio.  Although sadly gone but not forgotten, he was a breed called Lhasa apso.  They are considered to be affectionate and great companions.  Along with the other characters in this montage, I had a lovely opportunity to capture his gorgeous furry, hairy face in watercolour.  It's never a problem for me as painting dogs is up there amongst my favourite subjects!

As ever, my painting starts with the eyes.  I really look hard to try and capture the personality of my subject and the eyes are the "window' to the soul.  Behind each painting is a character that brings love, laughs and a bond that really is indescribable. 

Thank you to everyone who gives me the chance to capture their loved ones in watercolour, it is always truly appreciated x

Friday 15 May 2020

Mr Blackbird

Mr Blackbird
Watercolour Tuition
Online Video £7.50

A few years ago, we had 3 sets of double/triple patio windows put into the back of the house overlooking the garden.  Not only did the windows give a gorgeous flood of light into the rooms, we also now have an uninterrupted view out into the garden.

I keep thinking that we need to get some bird food to attract more birds into the garden, however when I glance out it's surprising how many we see - whether it's blackbirds running along the ground picking up bugs and worms, or coal tits flitting from shrub to shrub.  It's enchanting!

I do have to admit that I do have a favourite and this is Mr Blackbird.  Mrs is nice, but not quite the same without the jet black coat offset against that gorgeous yellow beak and yellow around the eye.  So really my latest tuition is a bit biased towards the male of the species.

How do you paint a black subject?  Do you reach for Paynes Grey or Ivory Black.  This video shows you how to paint using everything but black!

If you have a favourite bird you would love to see covered as a tutorial, please do let me know

Tulip Time - National Trust