Friday, March 7, 2014


Using and adapting the Ken Landon Buck technique of putting down India ink before watercolor and colored pencil in a painting, I used my Dr. ph. Martin watercolor inks - just the 3 primary colors I have (red, blue, yellow).

The background was done in Red and Blue to make a dark violet blue color.
Then I added a bit of yellow to get a black and painted inside the owl, including the eyes.

This barn owl photo is one Sweetie took at a raptor show somewhere and I think he has such a cute face and would lend itself to this technique.  The flamingo is on the back burner right now until I work on this some more and see where it goes.

The next step is using regular watercolor paints to paint the rest and see what happens.  I don't think I'll use colored pencil - but I might (or maybe pastel pencils if I need to lighten areas).

More to come later...

Winter is over!!!  We are actually having sunshine and temps in the 50Fs!!! YAY!  I'm going to my framers today to pick up the Derek Jones charcoal and gesso piece I had framed :)


Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - can't wait to see this owl finished. I have used India ink in backgrounds and watercolor over top to take away the glossy look of ink and then colored pencil on top. I really like the effects. Can't wait to see how this turns out for you. Take care and thanks for sharing.

CrimsonLeaves said...

We were supposed to hit 40s yesterday. I'm not sure if we did though. The owl looks fabulous!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Debbie and Sherry :)