Sanhill Crane Quartet

Sanhill Crane Quartet
OIl on 18x24 inch canvas

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Florida Crows

This wonderful crow, a common crow of Florida, posed for me the other morning and these are the two poses I selected to paint.  What a ham! I love her.

Both portraits were executed using Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils on  9 x 12 inch water color paper with the lightest touch of Winsor Newton water mixable white paint.  In the portrait on the left I used China Black and on the other I used India Black. The China Black has a blue cast and the portrait on the right has a brown cast. I used only three pencils, China or India black, willow and white. In spite of the fact that I have many colors to choose from I generally choose a limited palette.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Pair of Pelicans

This "Pair of Pelicans" is taken from a group photo of pelicans I took in Bel Aire Beach, Florida. The photo itself is a work of art, at least I think so, but I do so enjoy putting my own spin on the image.

I began by wetting this 11 x 14 inch water color paper and coating it with my own aqua mixture (Winsor Newton mixable oil paint) begining at the bottom and thinning the paint to lighten the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. After the paper dried I drew in the birds and pilings. I was a bit concerned about how the Derwent Inktense would lay on the paint but it worked out beautifully. And,,, I found that I could erase the aqua colored paint if I wanted to. An important bit of information to store in my artist's brain.  I drew the pilings and birds with HB Faber Castel water soluable graphite pencils and then laid in the Derwent Inktense color using the pencils to create the appearance of texture and adding water to make it permanent. In the end, I highlighted the pelicans and the pilings with Winsor Newton mixable white oil paint.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pelican of Bel Aire Beach

I am most pleased with my latest shore-bird portrait, Pelican of Bel Aire Beach. I snapped his photo while vacationing in Bel Aire Beach, Florida a bit more than a few years ago. It seems like only last year.

I began with an 11 x 14 sheet of watercolor paper and a number 2HB Faber Castell watersoluble pencil as the underpainting. Then I moved on  to Derwent Inktense pencils to build out the feathers and add new layers to the piles that serve as resting place for the regal bird. I made a few delicate strokes with a white Inktense pencil and then made slightly broader highlights with my Winsor Newton water mixable Titanium white oil paint. It's so cool how his eyes on they sides of his head and he can watch you watching him. It almost looks as if he's smilng. It's like that with birds. Very cool to have such great side vision. I wonder how that would work with human heads? My perspective would certainly change.