The Four Puffins
One of my students brought in a photo of these four puffins on Arran. She wanted to paint it but didn’t know where to start. We were both inspired because this was a local scene. This painting came about by demonstrating techniques to a student and developed into a project for myself as well.
I decided to demonstrate how I would begin. I started with practise sketches of the birds until I could feel the shape of the birds.
Chosen Medium and why:
The birds were painted with watercolours and then I used white gouache so that the puffins’ feathers look thick and fluffy.
Painting the birds was so enjoyable. I was more interested in the birds themselves rather than background, therefore when it came to painting the background I did simple washes of watercolour. I wanted to get a fair amount of detail in the birds without overdoing it too much, as that would put it out of kilter with the backdrop.
Each puffin felt like it had its own personality, and as each individual bird came to life it motivated me to continue painting.
Little Artist’s Tip:
Try using a small amount of gouache paint to make parts of your painting bold and stand out.