Sometimes, when I’m running errands, I see something that catches my eye and I try to snap a picture or make a quick sketch to use later. This building is typical for small towns in my area. When the photo was taken I thought the crumbling building breaking through the weathered paint might make for an interesting composition. I didn’t realize there was a cat in the window. It was a happy surprise when I looked at the shot later and saw it basking in the sun. The painting is rendered in acrylic on board. It’s only 8 inches by 10 inches so it’s fairly simple. I wanted the piece to be more about capturing the feeling of a sun-drenched Southwestern Ontario afternoon rather than a faithful reproduction of the photo.
This blog post was originally shared on my old studio blog on August 19, 2019.
This crow study was completed in my small (5 1/2 by 8 in) sketchbook. Rather than using a pigment (ink) pen this image was rendered with a brush, Speedball Super Pigmented Acrylic Ink, and acrylic paint. Using a brush with the acrylic ink allows for the opportunity to make a variety of marks without changing tools. The super black ink is highly opaque when undiluted but I also used it as a wash here to create different tones. I opted to work from dark to light and layered acrylic paint on top of the ink to flesh out the image.