Tuesday, March 27, 2018

INTERESTED GRACKLE


There are a lot of grackles out at the feeders.  When the sun shines on their black feathers, you see that they are not all black.  

Too bad, they are not crows, but they are helping me paint "black" without just black.

This is just a small piece of watercolor (140# coldpress) paper and I painted the background, then drew in the bird using Derwent GraphicTint and InkTense pencils, wetting it to blend a bit.  The feathers show a bit more, doing it this way.  

I may have to try a crow this way next time.  But I think we are in need of some color - so maybe a few cardinals or bluejays or...???

11 comments:

Sadami said...

Wow, Rhonda, I love this work and admire you! Congrats!! Best wishes, Sadami

Chris Lally said...

A crow or a grackle (or cardinal or bluejay) - matters not. Love your gorgeous paintings, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami. I was pleased with the way this one turned out, too.

Chris, thanks so much!!

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

I've been loving your bird series! I would love to see a cardinal. They are so brightly colored against the bare trees and bushes.

Barbara said...

It's a great grackle. It has the funny grackle eyes.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Now there is a face thinking of mischief! He looks a bit of a prankster and I wonder what is flitting through that bird brain...love the character that you have captured.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Love this! Hope you are well. Happy Easter!

Mary McLaughlin said...

Your grackle painting is truly lovely. Thank you for sharing your process of how you worked it. It's one of my favorites of yours thus far!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

looks great, interesting pose :)

according to my bird book of Britain, you don't get them here

Candy said...

I love grackles. You did a great job on this one, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Sorry my comment to your comments is so late - this one got lost somehow along the way - but I appreciate each and every one of your stopping to look and comment. The grackle thanks you, too :)