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Akaroa

A golden evening looking out over Akaroa Harbour

I was so happy with this scene that I decided to dust off the sketchbook…

A golden evening sketch

… and even though it’s not watercolour paper, it still handles the water from my little travel brush surprisingly well.

A bird’s-eye view of Akaroa

The other quick sketch from the weekend has been enhanced digitally using Affinity Photo.

Trying other things

Kererū Morning – acrylic on paper, 130 x 180 mm, 2016.

Kererū Morning – acrylic on paper, 130 x 180 mm, 2016.

“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.” Pablo Picasso

If the little kererū looks familiar, that’s because I sketched him earlier in the year with ink and watercolour. I’m not entirely sure how the magenta got into the trees ~ except that I was using it for the wings and when I wanted to make the greens pop, it was there on my palette and so I tried it and now I really like it. Note to self: keep trying other things.

Wednesday

“They didn’t want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.” Robert A. Heinlein

I tend to thrive on deadlines, creating them for myself even if I don’t have to because it makes me more productive, but this month I have no projects demanding urgent attention. And I’m still managing to get a few things done.

Here are three little drawings I’ve just finished:

Anna Cull The Return 1

The Return #1 — ink and watercolour, 90 x 90 mm, 2016. Sold.

Anna Cull The Return #2

The Return #2 — ink and watercolour, 90 x 90 mm, 2016. Sold.

Anna Cull Worth the Risk framed WP

Worth the Risk — ink and watercolour, 128 x 128 mm, 2016. Available for purchase.

Going for a walk

Kererū study – 150 x 185 mm, 2016

Kererū study – ink, watercolour and digital, 2016

Kererū / New Zealand pigeon, somewhere near Nelson, 2004

Kererū / New Zealand pigeon, somewhere near Nelson, 2004

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” Paul Klee

Bird on a wire

Bird on a wire — digital painting, 2016

Bird on a wire — digital painting, 2016

I’ve had a bit of fun using Photoshop’s ‘smudge’ and ‘brush’ tools to transform a slightly blurry photograph of a little kingfisher (see below) into a digital painting. It’s an interesting way of working because the photograph provides the colour palette and basic composition, but you still have to know what you’re doing to turn it into a painting (have you ever tried using those artistic filters? they’re very frustrating and no substitute for being able to draw). And the best thing about painting in the digital world: no mess and no need to clean up afterwards.

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