free flight completed+ process

my latest wildlife painting is now completed! p.s the species is a light-mantled sooty albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata), inspired by one that was rescued by the bird rescue centre I volunteer at.


free flight, acrylics on hardboard, 56x70cm

This was my first large acrylic painting on board (I used hardboard, aka masonite and prepped it myself), and also the first painting I have entered into a competition. I used a limited palette of browns and blues (burnt sienna, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, and white) which was quite a fun experiment.

I gave myself the goal of entering this painting into a local art competition, just so I would have a goal to work towards and to give myself a push to try out a large painting. While I wasn’t entirely happy with how the painting turned out, I did manage finish it on time (via a lot of late nights!), and learnt a lot about painting on a larger scale as well as the handling of acrylics on board (a bit different to on paper!).
I also can’t wait to have another go at painting a proper seascape after having spent hours trying to perfect the background ocean in this painting!

Here is a animation I made of some in process photos:


The exhibition of the Trusts Art Awards will be opening this Thursday night at 6pm at Corban Estate Arts Centre. It will be a great show, from what I saw of some of the amazing artworks being delivered when I dropped my albatross painting off! If you are in the area and would like to come along, its open until the 13th October, more details here.

hope you are having a great start to the week!



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