Saturday, May 21, 2022
Plant (coleus?) from photo taken at the Krohn Conservatory (there were at least 6-7 types of coleus there). Interesting shapes but I did the bg AFTER I painted the plant - not a good plan!
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Finished. Did add some watercolor pencil marks on top of the watercolor to give it more feathers.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022
All I did was add a hint of greenery at the bottom - and look at the change in the color. My camera must not really capture the true color at times. This is pretty accurate so the previous one was a bit off. I think it’s the blue-green color in the bg that changes the pinks. Oh, well. Close enough and this is it.
On to the next wading bird.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Started a half sheet (Arches 140# cold press) painting of a colorful roseate spoonbill from our Florida trip. It’s a big bird and they were all strutting and building nests for the babies to come at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Of course, most people say, “Look, a flamingo” because they think any bird this pink must be a flamingo. But these beauties are an acquired taste (I mean, the face is not exactly pretty! ha ha).
Next step to come. I want to keep the bright but get the idea of the sun-touched vs shadowed feathers. We’ll see if I can accomplish it.
I haven’t painted this large in a while as I’ve been kind of stuck in the fourth sheet size paintings. Time to go bigger!
Thursday, May 5, 2022
This was just too pale and wishy-washy so…fiddled with it, wiped it down, put paint on, wiped it down again, added different colors = a sure sign that the artist doesn’t have a clue what she is doing or what she wants!!
So definitely the last one of the amaryllis for a while.
On to pretty birds…
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
I may do another but this may be the last amaryllis painting for a while.
I did each painting on different paper - hot press, cold press, rough, Arches, Stonehenge Aqua, Hahnemuehl. It was interesting to see the different versions and how the paper worked with the watercolor.