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The icon house after the rain
Near my in-laws in Scotland, there is a house that looks the classic ’home’ icon. I love it’s shape, and over Christmas I passed it when the light was perfect. It had just been raining, but now the sun was out and there were great reflections in the puddles. I fancied trying out a different illustration style and subject to my normal, so I painted it in Procreate, mainly using flat painting brushes. I was aiming for a more ‘reduced’ style like Jon Mcnaught, where the amount of marks is low, but the value of each one is high. It didn’t turn out that way though! I also ruined it a bit by fiddling with noise filters, it would’ve been better off without them.
Birds of Rushy Common: Great White Egret
Little Egret’s are fairly regular at Rushy Common, but the Great White is less so. I saw this single bird skulking around the reed beds last month, and it’s bright white body made a nice contrast with the reeds behind it.
Birds of Rushy Common: Peregrine Falcon
Last month, just as I was about to leave the hide at Rushy Common, a Peregrine Falcon appeared. After trying to take out a Black Headed Gull in mid-air, it then perched on a nearby pylon (the closest thing to a cliff in Oxfordshire). I took some photos of the sunset and some very fuzzy close ups through my scope as reference for this painting.
Birds of Rushy Common: Great Black Backed Gull
I’ve recently been getting to grips with Procreate on the iPad Pro and have started painting wildlife again. I’m finding the process really relaxing, and long way away from my days painting with acrylics and all the paraphernalia it needs.
Rushy Common is part of the Lower Windrush Valley Project, and area of gravel pit lakes, created by gravel extraction when the A40 was built. It’s what I call my ‘local patch’ – not necessarily a birding hot spot, but my closest place to relax and watch birds. It’s the place where I observe the comings and goings throughout the year, and feel inspired to to paint what I see.
So this is going to be a series that I’ll be posting here and to Instagram. Starting with this resting Great Black Backed Gull.