I’ve got a problem where my “style” rarely sticks. I’m always experimenting and rarely stay in the moment long enough before I move onto the next thing. Starting to think I need to hold myself to a series soon. Anyway I started experimenting here with gouache and the (typically) oil method “en grisaille” which is basically doing a monochromatic underpainting and then applying colour in washes afterwards.
You can see with the cormorant and the little wren that it gives a very neat look, very full. I like the interest it gives in the feather textures and it was a nice transition into working with more colour.
This guy was a piece done at VAG and it was basically me saying “screw it, I want to paint a hawk”. I need to do that more often, they are SO much fun to paint.
He got a little ripped up in the corner which is a bummer but I like the feel in general.