Rainbow Bee-Eater in Gouache

Well times running out so I better submit one last post for 2019 in my painting wildlife series.

I could not believe how colourful the rainbow bee-eater was, I was mesmerised by it darting around last year.

I was super excited to see a whole range of new bird species around Bundaberg that were totally different from the birds of the Blue Mountains that I was used to.

The beach was wonderful and I had a swim in the warm QLD water. I found out that a small boy was bitten by a shark two weeks later on this very beach.

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If you want to read more about my original blog Finally on my Australian Road Trip

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Pencil outline

I have had the good graces of my friends to give me a place to stay away from the recent bush fires that engulfed parts of the Blue Mountains for a few days.

I was able to relax from the fires, paint and start framing Christmas presents for the family. Thank you so much for your generosity in giving me a place to stay and your company.

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When painting the main subject I start with the eyes

My work space, water colour paper, Gouache, iPad with selected images I can zoom in on and paint all the details. A limited pallet of a few basic colours and a few brushes.

Thanks to my family’s gift cards and money for Christmas, I now have more brushes, larger range of colours and some different types of water colour paper to choose from.

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Finished artwork on Archers 300g Cold Pressed water colour paper. Unfortunately I forgot to take progress photos this time as I was so absorbed in painting, so you only get the final image.

Framing my artwork and creating a style

As I had a few days up my sleeve so to speak I purchased some frames and cut art board to make some Christmas presents and protect my art work from getting damaged.

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Framed and mounted

They looked nice but its not quite what I was looking for, I was after a much lighter look and something to make my artwork stand out.

So I decided to go back to the art shop and after an 1hr talking to the framer we decided on a wood grain picture frame. Unfortunately a few days before Christmas he only had two of the 4 frames on offer, luckily he had the one I was after.

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Frame samples

After discussions with the framer I had decided I liked the natural torn paper look of archers paper. The problem was, this was not a large sheet of archers paper, so I had to create the torn look myself. The next problem was, I couldn’t make a mistake as the art work was already finished and only mm from the artwork.

So wetting the edges and folding the paper both ways, I pulled apart the fibres with a pair of tweezers. This took around half an hour and I was terrified the whole time.

Back to the framers with my artwork and hopefully a new look and style I could call my own.

Two days later I had my finished are work ready to hang and I now going forward I know what my style will look like.

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I like the torn edges and have realised that this needs to be about 50mm away from the edge of the artwork.

The rainbow bee-eater was painted while I was getting this one framed, so I know it will look much better than this one, when it gets framed.

Once the artwork is hung on a wall, the torn edges create a nice drop shadows below the paper as this is raised off the backing mount board. I was unable to show this because I photographed it on the floor.

 

What do you think, do you like the nice clean white look the framer and I decided on?

Would you choose straight paper edges or do you like the rough torn edges I have created?

Just remember they will look like the rainbow bee-eater with the extra space around the artwork.

Thank you for following me in 2019, hope to see you all back in 2020.

Happy New Year……

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4 thoughts on “Rainbow Bee-Eater in Gouache

  1. I like the torn edges, not sure if the white is more effective or not. Love the rainbow bee eater, a beautiful painting of a beautiful bird, saw quite a few of the lovely birds on a recent trip to woodgate a great place to visit.

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