A Different Kind of Robin – Bird #19 of 100

Sometimes paintings work the first time around, and other times it’s a terrible mess. Yes, it’s true. Artists don’t alway make perfect paintings all time time! Sometimes we throw them away in frustration. Sometimes we rip them up and use them as collage material. Most of the time we think we’ve suddenly forgotten how to paint.

This robin was one of those unfortunate paintings. It was a watercolour that had gone terribly wrong. (I seem to be having a lot of these incidents recently!) He (or she) was sitting forlornly on the top of the trash basket in my studio. And I thought, “What the heck, let’s just play with him and see what happens.”

I threw much of my arsenal of media at this bird! I got out the acrylics. I scribbled with colored pencils. I scratched with regular pencils. I tried things with oil pastels. I did it almost angrily. It was quite therapeutic. In the end it still wasn’t perfect, but I kind of like it. It was a very different style and way of working for me. It taught me that when things aren’t going the way you expect, it’s okay to switch gears and go in a different direction.

A Different Kind of Robin – Mixed Media on paper 5.5″ X 7.5″ SOLD
Reference Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash

Watercolour (kind of!) Wednesday – Birds # 15 and 16 of 100

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and these two have started celebrating already! I had fun painting this pair of lovebirds. Yes, it was going along great until I really, really messed up the background and it became a muddy mess.

What to do? I didn’t want to start all over, so I got out my white acrylic paint and covered it over! And then I went even further and added some paper hearts. And a little crayon. Now it is truly a mixed media piece of art. And I actually kind of love it!

Sweethearts – Mixed Media on Paper 7″ X 5″ SOLD
Reference photo courtesy of Jonah Pettrich on Unsplash

Blue Birds!

My flock is getting bigger! Here are two more additions, an Eastern Bluebird (#5) and our old friend, the Indigo Bunting (#6). These are torn paper collage on a mixed media background. (Which was really hard to photograph, BTW!) I guess I’m wishing for spring already, because this pair is called Spring Song.

The song that kept going through my head while I was creating these was:

Blue Skies by Irving Berlin

Blue skies smilin’ at me
Nothin’ but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin’ a song
Nothin’ but bluebirds all day long

Spring Song 1 – Eastern Bluebird
12 X 6″ Collage on Canvas
Two paper collage paintings, mixed media background using sheet music and other media. The first bird is an Eastern Bluebird and the second is an Indigo Bunting.
Spring Song 2 – Indigo Bunting
12 X 6″ Collage on Canvas

SOLD!