I promised to make a post showing a painting in progress, What better then a goshawk? I really enjoy painting birds of prey and the goshawk must be king. I started with photos I took on my trip to the Czech Republic, she’s a rescued bird which flies completely free – no jesses.
I usually give my canvas some sort of hot coloured wash, it means I don’t have to fight the blank white of a new canvas, In this instance I started with a fair chunk of the background then started on the bird.
It’s important to follow the markings very closely, if it’s not right it’s …but we don’t mention that word!
A fiddly job but worth the hours
The feet are quite tricky, goshawks have very long toes!
Background in and signed, then it’s off to the printer, then the framer then away to a new home. – this one is sold but needless to say the prints have arrived and the print is here