Maida Mor­ri­son

Avon, UK, Snug­gles, wa­ter­color, 31 x 32 cm (12 x 13")

International Artist - - Art Challenge -

My In­spi­ra­tion

I spend most of my time on a Dutch Barge in the beau­ti­ful Avon Val­ley in North Som­er­set. This great lo­ca­tion al­lows me close­ness to the wildlife where I sit for hours ob­serv­ing and sketch­ing. Although the lo­cal wildlife is mainly mal­lard ducks, moorhens and mute swans, there are oc­ca­sion­ally pip­istrelle bats, ot­ters and a king­fisher, which likes to sit on the tree near me and fish. There is a dis­used rail­way path close by and it’s per­fect for study­ing rab­bits, squir­rels, foxes and roe deer as it is com­pletely sur­rounded by fields and wood­land.

My De­sign Strat­egy

A friend out walk­ing spot­ted the deer in the nearby fields and know­ing how much I loved paint­ing wildlife phoned me and led me to the lo­ca­tion. There sleep­ing peace­fully in the over grown grass was the beau­ti­ful tiny deer; so I could pho­to­graph it clearly I gen­tly parted a lit­tle of the grass—it didn’t move a mus­cle. Be­fore we left I closed the grass, leav­ing it as we found it. My pho­to­graph had mainly blurred grass, how­ever as I like paint­ing ev­ery­thing in fo­cus I looked in the sur­round­ing hedgerows for a suitable back­ground. On see­ing a but­ter­fly rest­ing on a leaf it gave me the in­spi­ra­tion to add one to my paint­ing.

My Work­ing Process

I al­ways start by mak­ing a de­tailed pen­cil draw­ing. Then us­ing gouache paints I ap­ply to wa­ter­colour board. My brushes are mainly small wa­ter­colour brushes size 000 up to a No. 3. I al­ways be­gin with the eyes as these por­tray the per­son­al­ity of the sub­ject I am look­ing to cap­ture. Us­ing the small­est brush I paint the eyes in full de­tail, fol­lowed by the rest of the head, ap­ply­ing a base wash with shad­ing that I then fol­low through with paint­ing in the fine de­tail. I com­plete the rest of the sub­ject in a sim­i­lar way pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the direc­tion of fur or feath­ers.

Con­tact De­tails

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