Sleepy time for this owl chilling out in the forest. Another hand built sculpture made from Feeneys Buff Raku.
I finished the Bearcat sculptures I have been making over the last month and I sat them on the table in my outdoor area. The sun was shining down on them casting a highlight onto their upturned heads. As a group it made them look like they all were looking to catch the rays of the sun. I've now aptly titled them The Sunseeking Bearcats.
The process of clay sculpture gives you a lot of surprises. With a painting you see the piece evolve through every step and there aren't as many surprises but with kiln firing you have to wait to see how the glazes will turn out. Here are some recent pieces at various stages of the process.
I like using a dry brushing technique with acrylics where you layer similar colours over each other. It gives a bit of texture to the paintings and adds quite a bit of depth as a result of the colour variations. The studies below are A3 in size and are on paper. They were good practice pieces in the lead up to the recent canvas landscapes I've been working on (example here)