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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kelly - Paintings 52 and 53

I did two paintings of the same bird, a Louisiana Waterthrush, in two styles. The oil pastel I painted first (right after I got home). The watercolor/colored pencil painting, I did today, a few days later.

(Oil Pastel)
As you can tell, the oil pastel is not at realistic as the watercolor. Whenever I do oil pastels, I seem to produce more representational work. When I saw this bird, it was the first day of sunshine in weeks. The red and orange came out when I started to paint because my mind was filled with heat and sun.

(Watercolor with colored pencil scribbled in here and there...)
I don't know why I added in the colored pencil. i just felt like scribbling. I like the scribbly look of pencil over watercolor sometimes. Can you tell the rains have returned? No more reds and oranges!

5 comments:

Lorrie Klosterman said...

I am grinning with pleasure at the red and the green backgrounds and the different "feel" and energy between them. The thrush is lovely in both settings. The scribbled pencil adds texture and play to the green--you already had neat texture from the impressionistic watercolors, but the pencil adds a gritty interest.

Kristin said...

I love how you have treated the same subject twice with different style and mood. I really like the green background, it is abstract but still has a lot of depth and texture. I can feel the rainy day.

MEliz said...

I have been noticing the birds more lately since your paintings. There is a volume and depth to the composition that you capture so well.

MEliz said...

I have been noticing the birds more lately since your paintings. There is a volume and depth to the composition that you capture so well.

MEliz said...

I have been noticing the birds more lately since your paintings. There is a volume and depth to the composition that you capture so well.