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Monday, September 5, 2011
Kelly - Paintings 67-71
...the hummingbirds are going crazy at our house zooming here and there and fighting at the feeders. We have several new birds that have joined our ranks, no doubt migrating south and stopping off to refuel...
For these first three paintings I drew quickly with a pencil on watercolor paper. My plan was to paint over the top of the pencil sketches with watercolor and let the graphite show through:
I used a charcoal pencil here to sketch the form out in seconds. I then used plain water in a waterbrush to soften the charcoal and add shading. I followed that with a few strokes of watercolor. I did this in the car, and it only took a minute or two. It was meant to be a study, to help me figure out how I was going to paint the the paintings above. It's the first time I've used charcoal in over 30 years. I loved it and will be using it a lot more:
The following is the first painting in the series...one color...one paintbrush...and finished in under one minute. Again...a study to get a feel for the hummingbirds. I painted it outside just before I left to pick up Matty, then did the charcoal when I got there. I really enjoyed doing the two studies. It's fun to throw caution to the wind: