I have been doing a few studies of more fur and feathered babies over the last couple of days so that no matter which I decide or am asked to demonstrate I will happily be able to deliver!!
I always do this for my workshops and as this is the first animal theme I have done and the subject matter is so vast I felt I needed to cover a few more subjects than I might normally, so I have done cockerels, owls, flamingos, dogs, cats,hares, squirrels, robins and a nuthatch....all subjects I have painted before but not taught.
I do like sketches but ran out of space for the cat on this one... didn't plan that very well as his right ear is composed of the squirrel's nose and his chin is the nuthatch's bottom!! Made me realise that part of the beauty of sketch pages is the composition and where to place everything, not bull in a China shop and hope for the best!!! Ooops!!
All of these have been done with no predrawing so straight in with the paint and I am getting better at it!! Yippeeee!! I won't be expecting the students to do this, my main reason is that I can't wait to paint so I don't want to spend my time drawing, but part of achieving a decent painting is a good drawing in the first place and so I help the students get the drawing on the paper before they paint, if they aren't confident enough to have a go like this.
May do a few more practices yet....I have to say that though it might seem I spend a lot of time "working" on things, it isn't really "work", it's pure joy and pleasure and planning a workshop like this gives me focus and subject matter I might not normally paint. I have to admit I do like painting animals and when I've done a few like this it reminds me how much!! Might have to decide to do a landscape workshop then I would have to crack that subject matter once and for all, now that's an idea!!