From a photo by Sweetie (a.k.a. Jerry H. Carpenter), I got inspiration to paint these two lovely flamingos we saw at the Jacksonville, FL Zoo earlier this year.
Funny, but when Sweetie shows these photos of these more orange birds to his photo club, they all say he's manipulated the color. He hasn't. They are really that orange color.
I think the color of flamingos - from palest pink to vibrant orange - comes from what they are being fed in the wild or in captivity. Our flamingos at the Cincinnati Zoo are pale pink.
Calling this one Synchronized Wading but another title may come to me later.
This is a full sheet watercolor (22" x 30"). I masked off the whites of the flamingos and some streaks in the water, then went wet and wild into the background. The flamingo orange was painted last. But now it looks wrong - so will need to redo that background to fit more with a more orange bird, or lift the color from the birds and make them more pink. Will share more when I decide on colors to make it more harmonious.
Happy December 1st - can you believe it's already December?
Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend doing whatever you wanted to do.
I have to get some drawing done before class Wednesday since I did no drawing (other than these birds) since class the week before Thanksgiving. I think we are supposed to try self-portraits!
A busy busy couple of weeks ahead for me...will try to post every few days but can't promise.