Nevertheless, as we are all living in a world where money must be made and the wolf must be kept from the proverbial door, a hawfinch was what my client wanted, so a hawfinch he must have. Below is a small picture of the completed study, which, if you include sketches and preparatory work, took three days.
The medium I used was gouache, though I also added a touch of pencil (3H) just to sharpen some of the detail. I don’t always find the addition of pencil useful, but this study was created from a selection of photographs rather than life and so lacked natural light. I have no idea whether other artists suffer from this, but I do find that painting a real thing in real light is so much easier when it comes to creating contrast and bringing out minutiae. It’s also easier on my eyes.
All in all I’m quite pleased with this study and the client is too, which is always top priority. (Incidentally, I never blog about commissioned work unless I’ve first made sure the buyer doesn’t mind.) So what’s next? Well, back the Father Christmas letters this week. And after that back to botanicals. I shan’t be sorry to leave birds behind, though who knows, I may get asked to do another one. You can never tell. 😉