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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.


Happy Holiday Snowman

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Snowman. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 8”x10”

Isn’t it always the way. You write a blog post on one day. You say how the preliminary sketches never come out right and it’s a really good way of working out problems. The next day you sit down and do the exact same thing and the sketch turns out to be the finished thing.

At the prompting of my CMO (i.e. James) a Christmassy painting was ordered. Apparently there had to be a snowman with a carrot nose, a tartan scarf and a robin perching on him. Well the tartan scarf wasn’t going to happen and since when do snowmen have tartan scarves anyway? But the rest seemed like a good idea so off I went. There wasn’t much reference material to be found so this is mostly from imagination but he came out well.

Happy Holidays to everyone - I will mostly be trying not to eat too much.

Spinafex Pigeon

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Spinafex pigeon. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 10”x8”

I don’t usually do preparatory sketches for the birds. Most of the design work can be done just by making a good choice of pose. Something that’s characteristic of the bird but also makes a good shape and pattern of light and dark. This time I thought I’d try something different and start with a rough watercolor sketch=. This is what came out.

Yeah right. I mostly learned what not to do in the final painting but maybe that’s the point?

Anyway - after a rocky start I was very happy with the final painting.



Turkey Day

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Turkey. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Well not really. It’s kind of in between turkey days right now. I hadn’t tried a turkey before and they’re surprisingly tricky. Really enjoyed this one even though the result is a little scrappy.

Barn Swallow

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Barn swallow. Michele Clamp Watercolor 11”x14”

Barn swallow. Michele Clamp Watercolor 11”x14”

Barn Swallow
250.00

11”X14”/16”x20” matted.

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Not a great photo as my daylight lamp is now in an awkward place after my studio reorganization.

Nice and loose bird though. Keeping those edges soft without losing definition.

Nuthatch

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Nuthatch. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

Phew it’s been a while and I was getting a bit antsy without getting any painting in. Working my way back in gently with a quick nuthatch.

Saw-Whet Owl Revisited

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An owl commission came in last week for a saw-whet owl. There’s always a bit of pressure with commissions as you never know whether the magic will appear at the right moment. After a little bit of a shaky start this little chap came together well. I wanted to keep the intensity of the eyes and everything else a little loose. Very pleased - let’s see if the customer likes it as much as I do.

Crested Coua

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Today was one of those days where I completely forgot how to paint. The rest of the bird was terrible but the head wasn’t too bad.


Martial Eagle - People’s Choice Winner!

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I’ve been working larger on the last couple of paintings. Having seen my sunflowers up on the wall at Post Road Art and visiting the North East Watercolor Exhibition I can certainly afford some more paper real estate.

Going large has it’s own problems. Getting too tight and detailed is one. Not using a big enough brush and ending up with lots of little dabby strokes is another. Also the larger space allows you to put in much stronger color. In fact it needs it otherwise things look very washed out.

So this eagle looks pretty good to me. I may revisit and soften up some edges but it’ll depend what it looks like in the morning.


Edit: Great news! This won the People’s Choice award at Marlborough’s Post Road Art Center Open Exhibit. A nice Christimas present for me and I’m sure I’ll be stocking up on supplies from them with the prize money. Many thanks to all who voted and Randi et al at the Center.

Martial Eagle
350.00

19”x13”/24”x18” matted.

Many thanks to all who voted for this at the Post Road Art Center. He won the People’s Choice award!

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