Herons have a lovely shape. Simultaneously curvy yet angular.
A tufted titmouse (as suggested by James and as featured on the Maine Audubon website). The brushes are flowing more freely these days and it’s showing in the end result. Nice and loose but still crisp where it needs to be. This one will definitely make the final list.
Phew. Everything seems to be a struggle these days. Not quite sure how I feel about this one and it’ll probably take a couple of days to work out whether it has made the grade or not. At the moment I’m fairly happy with it.
Flowers are *HARD*. But I’m extremely pleased with this – even though I missed a slap-up indian meal with the ratite crew.
Here’s a mid-point shot.
Boy oh boy! Half way through this one I was wondering if I had ever known how to paint and whether I’d ever be able to again. The values were wrong, the edges were wrong, and it didn’t even look much like an owl. As often happens when everything goes wrong throwing caution to the wind and throwing some paint around can bring things back from the brink. He turned out pretty well in the end and I’m safe for another day.
Still struggling with the birds.
I’ve had loons on my list for a while but nothing on the web had inspired me much. This is a small (8×10) painting hopefully showing the colors in the dark plumage and the delicate black and white details.
January 1st and a resolution to paint (or at the very least put brush to paper) every day. Day 1 is a small (8×10) evening grosbeak. Glad I got him done at least.