Started my own colorful bicycle in the last day of the Carol Carter workshop. Did not finish mine. As coordinator, there are some extra duties I have to take care of during, and especially towards the end, of the workshop, so I was getting tired by the afternoon of the third day. I didn't want to continue and ruin this good start so I told Carol I'd stop here and do more later - or another version on my own. Not an excuse, I just know myself and my stamina (or lack thereof!!).
Then I took a few days off from painting - didn't even get anything out but was percolating some things to do when I felt the inspiration strike and the energy level rise so...
For myself and from a photo I've used before (and one I've painted before), I began a little bird. You know I gotta try some more color on the birds, right? ha ha
Hansa Yellow Light around the bird and then Shadow Violet (the Daniel Smith color I love now) around the outer edges. Then I wanted to move that yellow around like it's birdsong - you may see lots of birdsong in the air this spring or you may just hear it :) but it's there!! Our birds are so loud and they are busy calling for mates every morning and evening now. Beautiful!
I am doing a couple of things from the workshop:
1. weighting my paper down as it's drying and watching it a bit more
2. putting a towel underneath the paper to absorb the excess water and also help with puddling, etc.
3. painting in sections and keeping some sections dry in oder to make cleaner areas here and there - and, hopefully, maintain some white sparkle in areas
This is not finished - but getting close. Need to add in some more feather shapes and ground him underneath with a little shadow shape.
Arches 140# cold press paper, 11" x 15"
Daniel Smith paints
The Littlest Bird Sings the Prettiest Song