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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kelly - Painting 40

(Watercolor, 9x8 140lb cold press paper)

I saw this little Golden-crowned Kinglet back in January. It was snowy and cold, and he was as happy as could be. He's the same bird that appears in paintings 18 and 19.


Lorrie Klosterman said...

You've done a sweet and delicate job on this adorable critter It's impressive to look at the outline of the bird, which is basically an oval (except for a bit of wings and tail) and to then see how well your attention to shading and textures made this look so very believable. I completely understand it's 3-D body shape and pose and even its behavior (alert!?). Love that twig, too.

Katie said...

Oh Kelly, this is charming! He is so lively and cute, beautiful feathers and your snow shadows are lovely. :)

Kristin said...

Yes I agree with the above comments. You did such a wonderful job capturing the tiny bird's delicate feathers and form. You must have had some good references, and a lot of experience watching.

Kelly said...

...thanks, Lorrie! I was trying to show the roundness through shading. I might have worked harder on the branch than the bird!

...thanks, Katie!

...Kristin...thanks! I've spent hours and hours watching them. They roam all over the Little Miami River, and I get to see them a lot, especially in the winter when the leaves are down. The photos I took that day are horrible -- out of focus and dark...it was about 5:00 and the lighting was eerie. Everything was blue!

Mermaid's Palette said...

Awesome work! I especially love the branch and the peeling bark, and the way you treated the snowy background with blue. Really nice job!