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Monday, December 6, 2010

Kelly - Painting 91

10x12 Watercolor
Arches Cold Pressed 140 Lb Paper

This little Red-breasted Nuthatch is in the mood for the holidays! It's the first time I ever created a holiday "collage." I drew everything out in pencil first, since it was brewed up in my head. The detailed pencil drawing really helped. I then transferred it over to watercolor paper. This is the first detailed work I've done in a long time. I was sick, so I had to take it easy. It's the perfect combination. I'd never painted a pinecone before. Whoa...like putting a puzzle together!

I liked doing the detailed pencil drawing, because when I finished, the idea to switch up the ribbon popped in my head. If I hadn't planned it out before hand, I wouldn't have been able to change the painting.

original placement of ribbon

cuter placement of ribbon...made it to the painting

6 comments:

jyothisethu said...

kelly,

wonderful result you have got...

the 3d effect of the elements in the painting is beautiful...

congratulations...

Teri C said...

Absolutely fabulous Kelly. My new favorite of yours.

Claire M said...

This is truly fabulous!! I'll agree with Teri and say that this is a new favorite of mine. As always you are so talented painting birds. This composition showcases your talents even more. I'm truly amazed at the details and depth captured in the pinecones. They really look 3 dimensional like you could pluck them off the page. The details of the veins in the vines and the wispiness of the evergreen needles are so realistic looking. Superb!

...and on top of all that - #91 in your paintings for the year? Amazing!!

Elva Paulson said...

Oh Kelly! This is a wonderful Christmassy painting! I know how hard pine cones are, and yours are awsome. And the little nuthatch fits in there so beautifully.

cindyzlogic said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Mermaid's Palette said...

Kelly, this is beautiful and I like seeing your drawings also!
Sheryl