This is a painting I started out in Sketchfest, and for once turned into a finished painting. I was trialling new paper and wanted to have a crack at gilding. A Nixie is kind of like a mermaid, being a female water spirit, though she tends to be linked with springs and lakes rather than the ocean. They also can have wings or a serpent tail. I kind of leave it up to your imagination
Garkun is the fifth painting in a series of character portraits (Includes Vik, Anahit, Lada & Zabava). He’s a forest boy, having seen many horrors of war, he’s taken to scavenging the forest and battlefields, always followed by a shadowy forest spirit). A watercolour ACEO painting, plus sketch and colour concept.
This is a continuation of characters from the same series as Lada where the world is a fantasy taking notes from late medieval Russia. Anahit is a princess with Armenian influences, dancing with veils, while Vik is a dark skinned man who hides his non human features under a leather cap and coat.
In most ways, I’m not an organised artist.
Like many artists, I tend to drool over studio set ups. I even have a board where I collect beautiful inspiring images over at Pinterest. Sadly, my painting and desk area come nowhere close to any of these.
Back in art college, when I was not in my shared uni studio space, I painted in my parent’s garage. Living in the subtropics, a metal doored, windowless room is hardly the studio of champions. But it was my space … when the car was not parked in it.
When I bought my own apartment with a spare room, I figured that would be my new studio. I disassembled my massively heavy table to get it in the room, dragged up my easels, set up my space…
And painted in the lounge room.
Then at the kitchen table.
Then on the sofa.
See a pattern here?
Anyway, this is my current setup for painting water colours