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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kelly - Painting #8

American Tree Sparrows Outside my Kitchen Window

To get the mottled background, I applied a very wet mix of Undersea Green and UMBlue then sprinkled on salt. After a couple of hours I scrapped off the salt, leaving the strange pattern behind. Laure has a video showing this technique for making snow, but I used it to achieve texture.


Krista Meister said...

Kelly, I love the background here. Great job on the texture. I also love the playful exchange between the two birds. Their personalities really shines here.

Teri C said...

Kelly, you did a wonderful job on this. I love the softness of the birds with all their personality shining through. The background is perfect!

Did you leave the white space for the birds or remove the paint?

Kelly said...

...I left the white...emphasizing it by painting a dark shadow under it.

kslaughter said...

Wow, Kelly, I just love this! The background is really cool and you have done such a great job with the birds---especially the position of the lower one. I'm loving your sweet birds ; )~~

Laure Ferlita said...

This is delightful, Ms. K! Nice job on the leaving the whites on the birds.

I think you did not wait long enough on the background before adding the salt. Hence the odd salt pattern. Next time wait until just before the shine leaves.

Kelly said...

...ahhh....I definitely put the salt in when it was very wet......but I was lucky with this because I really like the odd colors and pattern!