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Guinea Pig Portrait

Piper the Guinea Pig Portrait A Guinea Pig Portrait in Coloured Pencil by Ellie Burdett Guinea Pig in Coloured Pencil By Ellie Burdett A very special and quite a long journey overseas was the happy result of this artwork……. This… Continue Reading →

Black Cat in Coloured Pencil

Sticky Post

Black Cat in Coloured Pencil George the Cat in Coloured Pencil By Ellie Burdett Well here we go – happy birthday Ellie – with a massive smile on my face because my wonderful husband has brought me a full set… Continue Reading →

Serenity Zebra Painting in Acrylic

Serenity Zebra Acrylic Painting “Serenity” Acrylic Zebra Painting with Damask Stripe and Butterflies by Ellie Burdett By Ellie Burdett “Serenity” Zebra Acrylic Painting with a Teal Damask Stripe and Butterflies.   A wonderful challenge this painting was to be, all I… Continue Reading →

Reflections Surreal Acrylic Painting

Reflections a Surreal Acrylic Painting “Reflections” A Surreal Acrylic Painting by Ellie Burdett By Ellie Burdett Reflections….to date one of my favourite paintings I have completed so far on my artistic journey.  From choosing and editing the original image to… Continue Reading →

Springer Spaniel in Acrylic

Painting a Springer Spaniel in Acrylic creating a custom pet portrait in light-fast acrylic paint on canvas By Ellie Burdett The goal this week is to paint a pet portrait in acrylic paint on canvas, not an easy task if… Continue Reading →

Dragon Painting in Acrylic

Dragon Painting in Acrylic Dragon Painting in Acrylic with a flame background Blog by Ellie Burdett An Artistic Journey Starting with a small canvas I painted it black…..I wanted to do flames for the first time with the airbrush……I had… Continue Reading →

Moonlight Unicorn in Acrylic

Moonlight Unicorn in Acrylic A dreamy painting in a combination of acrylic hand painting & airbrushing Blog by Ellie Burdett An Artistic Journey Introducing the second in this series of unicorn is the Moonlight Unicorn a variation from the Midnight… Continue Reading →

Otter Painting in Acrylic

Otter Painting in Acrylic an original artwork

Owl in Flight

Blog by Ellie Burdett

Owl in Flight - Acrylic Painting

www.ellieartwork.com I wasn’t sure where this picture was going when I started it.......always a risk; not to pre-plan, my only idea was clouds. So off I went and painted the sky with layers of pastel coloured paint that took my fancy in a diagonal fashion. Why diagonally - I’m not sure....maybe because I’m left handed. After drying I automatically went for the airbrush to layer in the clouds using a very wobbly and torn piece of paper that took my eye.


I studied the clouds for some time and realised the most obvious subject would be an owl in flight (of course....strange artistic mind). Using transfer paper I moved my sketch to the canvas and lightly painted the outline with unbleached titanium white. I then filled out the owl with more unbleached titanium white following the direction of the feathers and matching my paints strokes to the shapes of the feathers. I gradually added variations of colour for the feathers details using different shades of brown darker to lighter. Final feather highlights were then added in titanium white. A few washes with glazing medium further defined the colours and finished with a coat of medium gloss varnish.

Supplies list:

  • Liquitex Basics paint
  • Creatix spray paint
  • Neo Iwata airbrush
  • 40cm x 40cm square art in a canvas 280gsm
  • Liquitex heavy body unbleached titanium white

Artists note:

I actually thought this project would make a really good cushion so curiosity being what it is went on to order a print. Happy painting Ellie.

An original painting in acrylic

Gold Almond Blossom Painting;

[gallery ids="861,881,882,883" type="circle"] Materials:
  • Liquitex basics paint
  • Liquitex glazing medium
  • Liqutex full body unbleached titanium white
  • Iwata airbrush with creatix paint
  • Master series brushes (philbert)
  • Proart Polar brushes (round)
  Method: A much enjoyed variation of the usual colour for almond blossom paintings in gold.  I wanted to create a painting with warmer colours on this occasion and choose this variation of a well known.  I started this painting by mixing liquitex basics to form a near gold colour and covered the canvas over.  I graduated the colour as I reached the centre of the canvas to achieve a variance in the depth of the background. Following this, I used unbleached titanium white to form the basis of the of the tree.  I then used various colours to build up the detail of the bark to include hoockers green, yellow, unbleached titanium white, white (for the highlights) and various browns.  I then added in the blossoms using initially a shade of blue that I had coloured matched for the painting from the outset.  On seeing the final product with the blue blossoms, I realised that this wasn't the theme I was looking for so decided on a change..... I managed to find a complementary colour for the blossoms that I was happy with, by adding a shade of yellow in with unbleached titanium white.  The accent colours of green were then added. I went over the whole painting with Glazing medium from Liquitex and left to dry for twenty four hours.  After the painting had dried, I sprayed it with Liqitex matt finish spray.  I patiently waited another day before finally giving two coats of Liquitex medium gloss varnish. Again another painting I very much enjoyed.....with each painting, I learn more and more.......here I learnt that with acrylic painting - it is a very forgiving medium in that if you are not happy with it you can change even the colour scheme by;
  • painting over the top when completely dry
  • using a hint of colour with glazing medium to change the tones and colours

Final artists note:  This was the first painting that I used gloss varnish with (I have previously used mat varnish), I was very pleased with the gloss varnish as it enhanced the colours of the final piece - something to definitely repeat again and again......


Materials: Liquitex basics paint Liquitex glazing medium Liqutex full body unbleached titanium white Iwata airbrush with creatix paint Master series brushes (philbert) Proart Polar brushes (round)   Method: A much enjoyed variation of the usual colour for almond blossom paintings… Continue Reading →

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