We all used a 10 x 8 canvas (I used a canvas board), and we had a reference photo to work with.
I've had skeleton leaves for more years than I care to remember, and I do use them occasionally, but the quantity never seems to diminish!
All was applied using a little ivory Powertex.
I did try to stick to the bird's actual colouring using various brands of acrylic paint, including some pearlescent.
Once home I added some texture paste and re-painted the background.
And the others? Lin used actual feathers on her bird, but then eventually decided to obliterate them with Powertex as she wasn't happy with it. It is not yet finished, so no photo.
Another good day! Next time I think we are all doing something different - should be interesting!
Recently had a trip to Eltham Palace, which is in Greenwich (London). For those who like a bit of history, Eltham Palace was once an important royal palace, and one of the few medieval palaces to survive with substantial remains intact. It was large enough to accommodate the entire Tudor court. Under Edward IV (1461-83) significant changes were made, including the addition of the 1470 great hall which still stands today.
Eltham Palace then went into decline in the early 17th century. In the 1930s Stephen and Virginia Courtauld had a house built for them which adjoined the great hall. The Courtaulds left Eltham in 1944 and the site was occupied by Army educational units until 1992. English Heritage too over the site in 1995, repairing and restoring the 1930s house and gardens. It is now the finest art deco mansion open to the public.
Here are just a few photos to give a flavour ...
Another fabulous day out, pity the sun didn't shine, but you can't have everything!