While camping the other day, my new friends Rhonda & Trevor drove me out to see one of their friends Ron and his collection of machinery. After looking around his shed for a good half hour I found out his wife was an artist and she was having an exhibition in the local Hall.
We headed down to see her artworks and I had a good chat with her about watercolour and ink as a medium. She showed me her A5 visual diary and recommend I use something similar while driving around Australia as she did.
Here is an example of her work and the three stages of Pencil, Ink and then watercolour.
So the very next day I drove into town and picked up a visual diary and a few black and white ink pens.
I wanted to get back into the arts as its something I love doing, last year I completed two oil painting which is easy when you have a house or studio.
Once I brought my visual diary home I couldn’t help but get straight into putting ink to paper. I must admit that my first attempt in Gouache looked a little cartoon like and I wasn’t very impressed.
My second painting was a little more realistic but I still don’t like the black outlines, this one had more detail and took a little longer to paint. I was struggling with the amount of water to paint ratios which I guess will come in time, but over all I was happy with it.
I thought I would try something a little lighter but to me this kind of work never looks finished and I’m not sure I like this style.
Finally I changed and dropped the black outlines which I think will only look good for buildings or hard objects.
I’m happy with the emu as its more realistic and back to my original style of artwork I used to paint almost 30 years ago.
I also changed my signature from C.osborne Z (year) which I’ve used for years and always looked a little messy in oil.
Going forward from 2019 I’m going to use CHRIS (year) as straight lines are much easier to paint with a brush or pen and its almost become a logo.
New Art Website
If you would like to see more of my artworks you can visit my new website ChrisOsborne.art