Mixed Media Monday – Gossip Girls – Birds #73 & 74 of 100

I had asked my Facebook friends to help me with naming these barnyard friends. I gave them two choices: Gossip Girls and Yin and Yang. Gossip Girls won out by a large margin! I had so much fun with these two, so I’m thinking of doing a larger piece entirely in paper collage. This small study is mostly acrylic paint with some touches of coloured pencil, oil pastels and a bit of collage.

Gossip Girls, 7″ by 5″ Mixed Media on Paper. Check them out in my Etsy shop or fill out my contact form if interested.

Mixed Media Monday – Pod of Pelicans – Birds #62, 63 and 64 of 100

They say you learn something new every day. Today I learned that there are many different names for a group of pelicans. They can be called a brief, a pod, a pouch, a scoop, or a squadron. I thought pod had a nice ring to it, although pouch or scoop are quite appropriate considering how they use their big beaks.

This small 5 X 7″ piece was done in mixed media, starting with a pencil drawing on watercolour paper. I then did the background and rough underpainting of the birds in acrylic, finishing off with coloured pencil and soft pastel details. After collage, this is starting to become my favourite painting style although I’ll never give up my watercolours!

Pod of Pelicans 5″ X 7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Reference Photo by Dulcey Lima on Unsplash
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It’s Wednesday, but this ain’t a Watercolour! Scarlet Tanager Bird #42 of 100

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!

The Scarlet Tanager
7 X 5″ Mixed Media on Paper
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Mixed Media Monday – Bird # 26 of 100 – Blue Jay

This is another painting that started out its life as a watercolour, then morphed into a mixed media piece! I do like the way it ended up.

We really enjoy watching the Blue Jays that come to our yard, especially when we put out peanuts. They are very smart and pick each one up, weighing them to see which one is the heaviest, then fly off with their prize. As the peanut supply goes down, they get less picky, and it is a race between them and the squirrels to see who gets the most!

This fellow is checking out some sunflower seeds.

Blue Jay – Mixed Media on paper. 5″ X 7″ $45 CAD plus shipping and handling