Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Love for English birds

Well, really, I love ALL birds but there is a special place in my heart for the English ones. Maybe because of the scenery that surrounds them which is so hard to find where I live. Maybe I love them best because it is my dream to live in one of those villages some day, you know, the ones with ducks and geese walking among the villagers. If I ever get to go back, that image will be the one that I will be looking for...geese or ducks in a village walking among everyone else. I will get that shot someday...sigh....
For now, there is one other bird I captured while at the London Zoo that rivals my goose picture and it is of a European Robin that I met at the London Zoo. He let me get so close to him! I love looking at all the pictures of him I took and love even more painting him. He makes me smile every time. Here he is...a little watercolor of him with some softening done with PicMonkey....I really should name him, shouldn't I?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finding my niche

I've been asking myself for years whether I want to create art for others or whether creating it for myself is enough for me. I believe the latter is the the most accurate answer but I would be lying if I told you that I didn't appreciate the compliments that I get when others like what I paint. Receiving genuine compliments on my art makes my heart sing.
Although I am not sure I could make a living as an artist, I would love to be able to dedicate myself to art and all hand-made things if I could. Being able to sell a few prints or simply make someone's day when I give them a small watercolor as a gift, would be icing on the cake.
So, what could be my niche? Bird art, most definitely. Do I prefer acrylics or watercolors? I like acrylics but I am utterly in love with watercolors. Where do I find the best inspiration? I have realized lately that my travels provide the best inspiration possible. The pictures are mine so I don't ever have to be concerned with copyright and best of all, I can shoot pictures of a flower or a bird from multiple angles, providing endless possibilities when it comes to inspiration.
My favorite travel picture so far? Not the Eiffel tower as you might think but a photo of a little guy I met at St. James Park in London last summer. I have painted him numerous times and even embroidered him on a piece of cloth recently. This latest watercolor of him made me happy. I hope he brings a smile to your face as well.