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Monday, November 8, 2010

#3 "Hidden Nest"- Sheryl Hawkins

I took this photo in my garden in the Spring. I kept seeing birds flying in and out of my tree rose and took a peek when they had flown away. It just seemed like it needed to be painted! My main challenge with this watercolor, was to make the nest look like it was inside the rose bush with leaves almost hiding it. Hopefully, my darker values inside the nest helped it recede a bit. I also intentionally left the roses more obscure and less detailed so they wouldn't be a main focus- but at the same time, I wanted their color. This watercolor is painted on cold pressed rough surface paper for its added texture.

-Watercolor 9X13"


Kelly said...

I love this painting! Nests and eggs are always a favorite of mine. I like how you added in the red color and used a loose style for the roses. I definitely have the feel of looking down into a rosebush. It's beautiful.

Teri C said...

Beautiful leaves and lots of depth in that nest. The red adds so much interest too.

Laure Ferlita said...

Lovely, Sheryl! I have a nest painting I want to tackle as well. You've inspired me to dig it out and take a look at it.

Mermaid's Palette said...

Thank you!