Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Clown of the Sea...



I wanted to paint a puffin for my series of animals of the Highland paintings for the upcoming local exhibitions but unfortunately we are yet to spot one of these elusive little clowns of the sea up here yet (perhaps the never ending winter might have something to do with it?)  



Anyway, Paint My Photo and artistic licence came to the rescue once again. There were lots of great puffin photos to choose from and I used this one kindly posted by Lynton Bolton and just placed the puffin against the backdrop of Duncansby Head up here on the north coast of Scotland to give it a local flavour. Well, that is one of the spots where they have their burrows so if the puffin won't come to Duncansby Head, I'll just have to bring Duncansby Head to the puffin by way of some acrylic paints and a bit of pointillism!




This is the photo I used as reference for the background:

Duncansby Head

Here are the stages the painting went through:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5 - final piece

I'm linking, as always, to Paint Party Friday, and will endeavour to visit as many folk as I can get round tomorrow. I've sold a couple of the paintings I had planned to put in the exhibits in May, June and July, which is brilliant except it means I have to work extra hard to finish a few more or I won't have enough to show!

35 comments:

  1. He is a fine looking puffin, congrats on selling paintings.
    Merle............

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  2. This is wonderful. I truly love your work and I feel like I say the same thing over and over, but you really capture a lot expression in their eyes. I've never seen a real puffin but watch bird documentaries a lot and they are beautiful birds. One of my favorite children's poems is about a puffin shaped just like a muffin. Yours is jewel.

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  3. now thats a good position to be in, sold some work and having to paint more!!!!!!
    This painting is beautiful! I loved it as soon as I saw it on facebook, your style is wonderful , I love the water!!!

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  4. hugest congrats on the sales... and so worth having to work like crazy to get more finished... and I really love seeing you go through the stages... almost makes me want to get my acrylics out again... almost...xx

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  5. This is gorgeous! Congrats!!!
    Love your step-by-step process by the way :)

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  6. I remember Duncansby head very fondly. On sundays as a child we used to go there if the weather was nice, and despite what people think about Scotland it often was :) Love your little puffin, you painted the light reflected on his feathers beautifully. I haven't heard of the photo site before, will take a look. Happy PPF

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  7. I have never seen a real Puffin but think they have such beautiful and unique colouring for a sea bird. Your painting is wonderful, good luck with the exhibition if the're not all sold before hand!:) HPPF

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  8. he's a very cheeky chappy and I hope his mates join him soon!
    Have you done any pure landscapes - I think your sparkly sea works really well and would look fabulous on a large scale!

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  9. He is lovely! I love that you used your resources and FOUND something to paint! I am totally going to look into Paint My Photo! How does that stuff work anyway? Can you post something that you painted for Paint My Photo, for sale? I would love to know what you know about the site. But I will be looking into it too! Sometimes my own photos just aren't enough!

    I love that you used your own photo to bring your location to the puffin. Those elusive guys. I am sure they will be coming soon enough! Winter seems to be dragging it's ass around Bavaria too. Rude.

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  10. Thanks to you I get to know a whole lot of animals that I'd never even heard about, let alone that I know how they look. This one is a funny one, his eye is very distinctive, it looks as if he's smiling. And you used such a beautiful background for it! Congrats on selling some paintings! But I can understand how it puts you under a bit of pressure to finish some more .... Keep going!

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  11. Congrats on your sales! I love your puffin, they really are such fun birds to watch, almost impossible not to smile when you look at them.

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  12. I LOVE it!! Really I do! I've never seen a Puffin.
    One day I'd like to go to the Orkney Islands to see some of these wonderful things we have - including those Northern Lights! I really want to see them one day :0)

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  13. Love the puffin, Nic. And thanks for the link to paint my photo. I didn't know that existed. What a boon to artists!

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  14. congrats on your sales-your works of art are fabulous and this puffin is no exception! I love seeing how your paintings come together too. Happy PPF!

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  15. congrats on your sales, thats terrific news. I am thrilled to see a painting of my top favourite bird, they are so gorgeous.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Love your Puffin! Yay for sales!!!! You are so talented!! And I mean that sincerely!

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  17. Love the step by step process. Awesome work and congrats on your sales. Your profile picture is just wonderful. Great work. Have a wonderful day.

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  18. What a nice looking Puffin, just love him! HPPF!

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  19. It was fun seeing the progression of your painting. Blessings!

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  20. I love the texture and detail work on your puffin - simply wonderful!

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  21. Beautiful! Love your style, so fresh and original! Thanks for sharing the process shots! <3

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  22. Congrats on selling your paintings (even though you have to do a few more for your show!) i love your puffin and i love seeing your progress shots x

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  23. I like it! This kind of bird is a beauty! Good idea to mix reference photos! I´ve never thought of that actually. Kind of strange I haven´t now when I think about it.

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  24. Your puffin is so adorable, I love your style, really great work!

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  25. Nic, congratulations on your sales. The new owners are very lucky people. Your puffin is wonderful. I always appreciate looking at the progression of the piece. I learn so much from it. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. Nic, it's beautiful and I love that you showed us the step by step! Congrats on your painting sales!! xo Aimee

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  27. Great stuff, Nic, love the idea of using one image on another. Wonderful result.

    God news on the sales btw!

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  28. Your puffin is gorgeous!! Such emotion on his face!! Congratulations on the sales..but what pressure you must feel to get more accomplished under the gun!! Glad I got through... Have a great week!!

    Oh and that paint my photo sight has inspired me... I think I may use some of my daughters photos!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. I just love that larger than life puffin. They are such unique looking critters - also love the contrast of the pointillism of the scene in the background. Your "critters" are all so wonderful - they often bring a big smile to my face. HPPF

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  30. I have seen Puffins in the wild so I can say GREAT JOB!!! I so enjoy your art. You are a true a talent.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  31. This is a wonderful painting. Hope you get more done for the shows. better do some back up ones too. Bet they all sell. HPPF

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  32. Hi Nic,

    Love the name to your gorgeous puffin.
    As always a painting of true beauty!!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Annabelle O,O

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  33. I adore your puffin! Once when I was in Iceland, everyone told me I had to go to the puffin sanctuary. We drove there only to find that it was closed because it was mating season. Bummer. Your puffin painting makes me feel like I didn't miss anything. Great job.

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