Ursula's painting before
The original photograph is below
and after consultation with Sorrel.
Ursula is very pleased with her painting now - and quite right too.
" we spent about 15 mins on video what’s app and I found it really useful. Sorrel had 4-5 key learning points for me, feedback on the painting and taught me some key points of perspective theory. I got the chance to ask her about 2-3 queries I had regarding colour choice etc. I found the technology useful- could switch between shots of self and painting and reference photo when required. That helped us both focus on specific areas of the painting that either of us was talking about at the time. Sorrel also has sent me a few relevant articles in answer to my queries about improving my technique for more expressionist painting. Overall I really appreciated it as I was feeling really ‘stuck’. So that contact has given me motivation to just ‘get on with it’!
And stop procrastinating!! Thanks, Ursula "
Maria's cow and calf
Artist Support Template for you to use when contacting us both before and after consulting Sorrel.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query
I came across this photo on BBC News site of a cow with her calf and was moved by the emotion of cows showing a mother’s love. I wanted to paint it even though it’s a subject that I’d find difficult.
I worked in pastels.
My paintings are usually in colours I love such as blues yellow and magenta. I found it difficult to work with browns. In particular I got mixed up with darker browns within the cow and with dark shadows caused by the bright sunny day. I knew my shadow colours were wrong but didn’t know why and what shadow colours were better.
I sent Sorrel a photo - of my stuck cow’ and over the phone explained my dilemma.
She immediately saw the issue and we spent but time discussing the shape and form of mother cow. Particularly area around ear and jaw. Sorrel suggested blue/purple for shadow around ear. I was delighted as I was in my ‘favourite colour time zone’ purple worked beautifully so I quite happily extended the strong purple into the creamier area. Sorrel was relieved when I said ‘hmm this doesn’t look right’. For the light creamer colours Sorrel suggested that I should change to a light lilac. This was perfect
Try Purples and lilacs to make great shadow colours for animal to get a nice dramatic look which I like. The purples with brown/ orange are complementary colours which when mixed give grey and the ‘bing’ when used separately. I love my painting - thanks Sorrel!