Here's a bluetit illustration for some stationery products I've been designing.
It's been a busy time for me, setting up my online shop, but it has also been a time to rediscover a few older pieces that I had put aside until I could make use of them.
This bluetit on a branch watercolour sketch was one of a number of birds that I drew and painted each day one January a few years ago. It was such fun to put aside my (also fun) detailed work and paint in a much faster, freer way than I can with my realistic paintings, which can take a week or longer to finish, when working round the clock!
For good or bad, it's a natural style - which makes this type of art a pleasure to work on: it combines detailed observations that are an integral part of the process in more realistic paintings and the scribbles and doodles from years of drawing without observation.
This is the painting as it is, apart from the watermarks - I am looking forward to working on this a little more and then adding it to my stationery and print designs that will be available online.
I love the magical aspect of this little garden bird - with a character like this it would be a shame not to tell you more about him...