Water Colour Paintings By Deborah Caulfield
The main theme of my Season Creatures is where the creatures are engaging with each other against the backdrop of the seasons.
Why these particular creatures and why the seasons
I chose seagulls, swans, pigeons, geese, ducks, squirrels, cats and dogs because I wrote a piece of fiction and they are the creatures in the story set in all four of the seasons.
With my Nikon Coolpix 5600 camera, I went out on foot and took photos, although some were taken on my Doro phone, but most were taken on my camera. The photos were of creatures I saw in everyday life; in parks, when walking to and from work and a few from holidays. I also took photos of scenery in all seasons and matched the creatures and the scenery together so I can produce in interesting painting.
I then loaded the photos from my SD memory card from out of my camera onto my Mac Book laptop computer, and the photos taken with my phone I sent in email also to my laptop. I edited the photos and printed them out on my HP printer. I then used some small sheets of water colour paper which I had left over from mounting up other paintings which I had done. Well, I thought it was better to make use of these good small sheets of 17cms x 10.7cms paper than to discard them.
To start with for each painting, I drew the creatures and the scenery with a pencil; either from the one photo or from different photos so I could mix and match them to create an interesting scene. Then with a few small tubes of water colour paints and a few small water colour brushes from local art/stationary shops, I sat comfortably at a small pine wood put up table, near a window of good natural light and went ahead to paint what I like.
I allowed a weekend to complete a painting as I included other things to do in that time besides painting. The drawing usually took me one hour, the painting took a few hours; an hour or two one day and an hour or two the next day. Then I mounted them on to A4 paper using a Pritt stick, pressed the paintings down and around with my thumbs and forefingers, then put a piece of paper over the top of the paintings and flattened them firmly with my palms. To flatten a painting firmly I put something heavy on top where the length of time is optional, I kept them under for a good few hours.
The next day with my camera I photographed the paintings, where I placed them near a window and the natural light. Then I loaded the photos of the paintings onto my computer to edit the pictures where I share them with the world.