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Monday, May 3, 2010

Kelly - Painting #30 - Ladybird, and Painting #31 - Five-minute Sketches of a European Robin

Painting 30, Ladybird on a Daisy

Hmmm....this doesn't look like a bird to me, but I'm accounting it as one! In England, Ladybugs are called "Ladybirds," ....sooo semantically....she sort of counts as one of my 100 bird paintings!

Painting 31, Sketches of a European Robin

These are very quick sketches. The first robin took three minutes, 20 seconds (I've put the times next to the sketch). This was an assignment from Laure Ferlita's Imaginary Trip to England. No pencils...no lines...just water brushes. Again I'm surprised at how quickly I could obtain a likeness (seems like a lot more time compared to the 20-second Eastern Kingbird!). We were allowed to spend up to five minutes per sketch, but 3 minutes, 45 seconds was the most time I put into a bird. I used the entire five minutes for the nest, which was really fun to paint!


kslaughter said...

Love both of these, Kelly! I am partial to the sweet robin sketches, though---I love the little english robins ; )

Teri C said...

I love the way you think Kelly. Ladybird sure works for me. Those robins and nest are just great. You really got the essence in such a short time.

The Early Birder said...

Ahhh my favourite garden visitor. Superbly captured its jizz in such a short timescale Kelly. FAB.

Angela said...

Beautiful painting. So soft and light. You have captured a hint of the great outdoors just right.

Krista Meister said...

Beautiful daisy, Kelly! I miss seeing your work in class. Hope you are having a great time.