April 28th, 2016

Whose Next for a Ride?

ARTIST: Colleen McCafferty, Australia
ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired to paint camels by Danny Gregory’s blog on Sketchbook Skool. I remembered that I have photographed lots of camels on my travels. But having seen the camels first-hand helped enormously with my colour choices and to paint with an artist’s eye.

I usually sketch out with a 2B mechanical pencil first, go over it with ink and then the fun part starts with watercolour washes. My preferred pens are either Lamy EF or Platinum Carbon EF. For this sketch I needed brown ink so I used a Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 in Sepia. A few darker and thicker ink strokes were added at the end with a dip pen and DeAtramentis document ink in Brown. I prefer to use transparent watercolours, mostly Daniel Smith and some Windsor & Newton, and I often add multiple washes to increase the vibrancy. I use lots of water and love the way the pigment moves in such a random way. Generally the whole painting is completed from start to finish within 2 hours.

When traveling, my time is limited and I go straight into it with a pen sketch then watercolour. I find the paper in the Zeta series just perfect for my way of painting as it handles my heavy water usage so well and the smooth paper allows the pigment to flow beautifully.

MEDIA: Watercolour and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270gsm – Smooth Finish

I am an Australian artist who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to frequently travel around this beautiful country and particularly into the Outback. I am retired and have been painting on and off for over 30 years. My preferred medium by far is watercolour, although I also paint in acrylic and oil – just not lately! I am a colourist and love vibrant colours.

Last year I spent 3 months traveling in the Outback and challenged myself to do a sketch every day in an effort to practice my drawing and to make myself do more painting. I’m pleased to say I met that challenge and came home with more than 60 mostly plein air sketches as a wonderful record of my journey. I haven’t stopped sketching since then! More of my work can be found on my website http://www.colleenmccafferty.com and www.instagram.com/colleen.mccafferty.art

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