Friday, May 17, 2013

Evening Grosbeaks 4"x 6"

Evening Grosbeaks come to my feeder and I paint furiously for the few minutes that I have to paint and watch them with my naked eye. All the birds feel impossible to replicate but afterwards, its not the feathers and markings as much as the moment in time that is recorded. And the joy of being there!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"Junco" watercolor 4"x6" $65

Juncos and the first flocks of Spring migrants that come to my yard. I love their hooded body and ground pecking behaviors. Where are those characteristics in this watercolor?
Painters are easily distracted and I was. Look how the background was worked and the black/grey and white bird was only vaguely captured. Another watercolor will solve that and in the meantime I am enjoying this watercolor. Perhaps I will save the name junco for the next watercolor!