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Hawk in Flight

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Hawk. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 16”x20”

Not sure whether this one is quite done yet but I’m getting painting blindness. Time to leave it on the easel for tomorrow to see if more needs to be done. Many thanks to Jonathan Eisen (phylogenomics) for the photo taken at Yolo Bypass.


Gang-Gang Cockatoo

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Gang-Gang Cockatoo. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 10”x8”.

I really wasn’t sure how this was going to come out. Bushy feathers like this are very easy to overwork but I ended up with a good balance of loose brushwork and detail. Not bad.


Ostrich

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Ostrich. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 14”x11”

I’m trying to keep up with the facebook page Paint Colorful Birds for Fun and this week (week 5) is the ostrich. I tried to keep some life in the darks but keep the white feathers distinct and fluffy. I think it’s pretty much there.

Flying Snowy Owl

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Flying Snowy Owl
350.00
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It’s been about a year since I did a snowy owl. I had the chance to do a live demo at Maine Audubon in January 2018 which was great fun. I didn’t really feel that I’d done the subject justice so I wanted to have another go.

I think he came out very well. The blues and grays define the wings and feathers well without getting too dark and the wings and body have a lovely rhythmic shape to them. Phew!

It’s in the bag 2019

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It’s that time of year again.  It’s the Post Road Art “It’s in the bag” competition.   $33 gets you a bag of materials and you have to work your magic to create something.    This year it was a doozy!   This is what we got : 

 

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Prominent in the bag were materials for making poured acrylic paintings.   Now this is something I have absolutely no experience with.   After a bit of googling and YouTubing I worked out that you put a lot of paint in a cup,  pour it onto a board, shoogle it around a bit, drop in some alcohol ink and voila! Painting. 

It’s a lot harder than it looks. 

I got paint everywhere.  On the table,  up my nose (!) on my tea mug, everywhere.  This is what I finally ended up with : 

 

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Kinda cool but I don’t think I’ll be doing a lot more of it.   And what I forgot was that these things take days to dry so I didn’t even get to enter it into the competition. 

So what to do?   Birds of course!   I first thought of a peacock but after trying I wasn’t happy.   I next thought of a toucan which seemed like a better bet but I messed up the beak which blew out into a big purple splodge.   This one ended up being the poured one above.    

After coming back to the peacock I decided I quite liked it so it was one of my entries.    Since I didn’t have anything to lose I tried the toucan again in a more traditional manner and he came out quite well.  Here he is : 

 

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Phew - all framed up and submitted.  Why do I always leave these things to the last minute? 

 

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Avocet

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Avocet. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 14”x11”.

Avocet
250.00

14”x11”/20”x16” matted.

A very muted piece but has a lot of presence.

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Sometimes things just work. I wanted the colors to be muted on this one so the stance of the bird, its markings and reflections stood out. And it all came together. Happy camper.

Kingfisher

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Just fancied painting a kingfisher. Tried to get him nice and sploshy.


Bird Day - Quetzal

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Quetzal watercolor. Michele Clamp. Photo reference from https://www.flickr.com/people/31267353@N03/

Bird day today. Need a rest from the cityscapes. Quite a successful quetzal although this was the second go.

First go which wasn’t very satisfying :

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Black-Headed Jay

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Black-headed jay. Michele Clamp. Watercolor

t’s been a bit of a struggle recently. The brushes aren’t moving the way I want which is always demoralizing. This one is the best one for a few days.