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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kelly - Paintings 5, 6 & 7

Against dark grey skies and bright white snow, the red of a winter cardinal is vibrant and impossible to ignore. With our first winter days finally showing up, all I had to do was look out my window to see their incredible color. I painted three cardinals in similar poses in three styles...

(watercolor...with white oil pastel scraped into background for snow)

(watercolor...with white acrylic splattered over top for snow)

(oil pastel)

6 comments:

Martina said...

Love the pil-pastel version here - so fiery and full of emotion! Am a new follower here!

Kristin said...

Love these glimpses of red in the grey snow. And what a nice rich red you got with those watercolors. I really like when you do the same subject in three styles, it is fun to see you experiment.

Kelly said...

Thank you for visiting, Martina. I stopped by your blog and admired your paintings. I love your style!!

Thanks, Kristin. I built the red up with layers...starting with yellow....then orange....then red--especially in the first painting, which is more stylized with the rough snow in the background.

Elva Paulson said...

Great variations. I don't know which I like best. All of them make me miss cardinals. I'm a long way from cardinal country now.

Clare said...

The are lovely, Kelly! I really love the watercolor. It's a mediaium that I struggle with but love to try.

Claire M said...

Boy you are ambitious. Your birds are always so cute and a treat to see.