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Friday, March 11, 2011

Lorrie #3 & 4 - Costa Rica birds

Great Potoo in Costa Rica, watercolor 5x8 in.

Blue-crowned Motmot in Costa Rica, watercolor 5x8 in.
Continuing with the bird theme ... we love those birds!! I've been away for a couple weeks in Costa Rica, and only did a couple paintings on the trip because I didn't want to spend time looking at the paper instead of the real-time vision of splendor in that land! These two paintings were gifts for our tour guide and van driver. The birds are based on illustrations in the bird field guide, painted into impressionistic representations of the settings in which we saw them during the trip. I balked at adding serious shading to the critters for fear of toning down their lovely colors!


Kelly said...

...Lorrie, these are gorgeous!! I love all the action and the watery, bright colors!! They shout Costa Rica...(I bet the recipients loved the gifts!!)

dora said...

Wonderful work Lorrie! I like your use of strong color and brush strokes to define the subjects. They have a care free feeling.

Mermaid's Palette said...

Love these! Especially like the way you painted the background on the second one!

Ugly Stepsister said...

the colors you used are lovely - bright, yet peaceful. Well done.