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New Painting – Watercolor Cardinal

Thanks to everyone who has encouraged the birds, I hope this is appealing. It’s loose and sketchy in feel, but hopefully captures the right details and says Cardinal. This is number 7 of the trials that I did. It took me that long to get one I was pleased with – it’s on the back […]

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A Bit of Black

Another bird! This mockingbird drawing was lightly sketched with graphite and finished with colored pencil. Colored pencil is nice for the detail it allows, but fairly time consuming to lay down the pigment. This little (5×7) drawing has only a limited color range – blues, grays, a little yellow and a bit of black. I’m […]

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A Flash of Blue

This is a quick drawing from yesterday. After getting the initial sketch down and starting to put in the dark eyes, beak and feathers with graphite, I wanted more. He is a Blue Jay after all. So, I added pastel chalks and was much happier. This is one of a very few bird drawings I’ve […]

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Two Color and Pattern Studies

First, I did this: Then this: These are both painted with the exact same colors -Permanent Rose, Winsor Lemon and Manganese Blue. I did add a little Cobalt Turquoise to the second one in some of the leaves. These are preliminary paintings for a portrait. It seems like a good idea to make them as […]

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Portrait and Color Study for Swap

┬áThis is a portrait of Nadine (her blog here). We did a portrait swap where we each worked from a photo (which I have misplaced or it would be posted too -sorry!) of the other person. It was both interesting and challenging for me as I don’t normally use this type of photo and had […]