Sanhill Crane Quartet

Sanhill Crane Quartet
OIl on 18x24 inch canvas

Friday, June 29, 2018


I had fun creating this fluffy, larger-than-life Kingfisher. I began with a drawing on a beige toned, sanded pastel paper. I ordered this paper three years ago, used it a few times and set it aside. Now it is my favorite pastel paper. 

After filling in the tree branch with pastel I painted the background with two shades of chalk pastel and alcohol. I'm still not sure if I like this process. 

Next I blocked in all the colors of the bird with chalk pastel. I'm using Sennelier Parisian collection. One hundred and twenty half sticks of beautiful color.

My next step aS coloring in the eye and beak with pastel pencils. And continued to work on the branch here and in the next image.

Now.  I'm going back to the Kingfisher, using Derwent pastel  pencils to create the illusion of feathers.

 Voila!  The portrait is complete.