Painting is a part of who I am, and the natural world is a part of us all.
I work predominantly in watercolour, sometimes acrylic and occasionally oil. Watercolour is a magical, frustrating, vexing, wonderful medium. I can think of nothing else which does part of the work for you, as the pigment flows through the water on the paper.
Living in a semi-rural part of Staffordshire, I have only to look out of my windows to see what inspires me.
I use photography for my reference collecting, and work out ideas for paintings in my sketchbook. I love my sketchbook. It's where I can experiment and enjoy making marks, embracing success and failure as a part of the creative process.
I will paint anything which inspires me
Inspiration + energy + commitment = a painting with 'life'
Although it is vital for me to read and learn about other artists' creative processes, all the work I produce is entirely my own, as I only ever work from my own reference material. This is extremely important to me, and validates my work as being truly my own, from the conception of an idea, through to the end piece.
In the last few years, my work has focused more on the portrayal of birds. I have an abundance of reference material gathered from home and abroad. They are a highly entertaining creatures, and incredibly beautiful - even the small brown ones.
Painting birds means that I can 'capture' them in a metaphorical sense, and bring them into the house, whilst the source of inspiration flies freely outside....just as it should.
I am a member of the following organisations
Association of Animal Artists, (AAA)
The Wildlife Art Society International, (TWASI)
Facebook Christina Hopkinson's Harmonyart
28th., January, 2017