I decided to get out the acrylics for this one, but of course I ended up adding some extra stuff like coloured pencil and just a dash of oil pastel! This one gave me fits and went through several “ugly phases”, but I like how he turned out, eventually!
This is the last of my three Nova Scotia bird studies, so next I will do them in collage. I’m excited! Now to decide which one to do first.
Moving from the graphite version of this fine fellow, I decided to do a watercolour study this time. As if often does with me, it turned into a bit of mixed media piece. So, here we have watercolour, a tiny touch of ink, some watersoluble graphite, and just a smidge of gouache. As always, my camera has washed out the blue background some. It’s more vibrant in real life.
Next up will be the seagull in watercolor. At least, that’s my intention! Who knows? And then all three of these birds will get the collage treatment.
This is a watercolour version of the sketch I did of the Great Blue Heron fishing on the coast of Nova Scotia. I painted this on a 5 X 7″ scrap of unknown watercolour paper. For some reason, the paint did some funky stuff at the top, I’ve decided I kind of like the added texture! I’ve called this Good Catch, because he caught that little slippery eel so easily.
Almost halfway through my goal of painting/drawing/collaging 100 birds! Today, I’ve done another pencil and water soluble graphite sketch. This time it’s a gull sitting on a seaweed covered rock. These guys were experts at finding and eating little crabs that got caught in the tidal pools.
On the beach by the cottage we stayed at on the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia, we saw many Great Blue Herons at low tide every morning. I got a lot of pictures, but I think my favourite was this one catching a small eel. I’m trying to wake up my art muse, so I’m going to do some sketches in my sketchbook. This one was done with graphite, both solid and water soluble.
I’m back! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I was enjoying summer, then was on vacation in Nova Scotia, and all of a sudden it’s October! In between all of that I took on a commission to do three mini 4X4″ collages. Thankfully, my friend and client was understanding, because these seemed to take me forever to do! I had already done a summery flower collage, and she wanted three more to represent the other seasons.
I decided on a cardinal for winter and a blue jay for fall. Spring was a trio of tulips. (They started out as daffodils, but I couldn’t get them to look daffodilly enough!)
I find these birds so striking with their funky feather crowns. They have superior fish-catching skills, making them the Fisher Kings!
According to AllAboutBirds.org, this is a female. “Females are blue-gray with a chestnut belly-band and flanks.” The males don’t have the colourful belly-band, which I find unusual, since most male birds are more colorful than their female counterparts.
Okay, it started our innocently enough as a watercolor, but it wasn’t speaking to me. It had sat on my work table for almost two months. Yesterday, I got out my small arsenal of acrylic paint, pastel and coloured pencils, and other miscellaneous stuff. Voila! The Scarlet Tanager! It sounds like a superhero name, right? Well, to me it does.
Once again, my camera refused to recognise the deep variations of yummy turquoise in the background. Even my photo editing program couldn’t get it right. So imagine that when you look at this painting, please!