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Friday, January 27, 2012

Kelly - Paintings 9 -12

These paintings all fall under "economy of brush strokes." I wanted to see how few strokes and how little detail was needed to capture the feel of the bird (I used no pencil marks either...just worked with the paint brush). I started with the wren and worked my way up. By the time I got to the chickadee I found I didn't need many brush strokes at all to come up with a likeness...(check out the date on the paintings....I wrote 1-2011...that's so me....darn! At least I got the month right!).

(watercolor, cold-pressed paper)

(watercolor, cold-pressed paper)

(watercolor, smooth hot-pressed paper)

(watercolor, cold-pressed paper)

8 comments:

Margaret said...

You take my breath away with these!

Garden Lily said...

Wow, you captured the character and feel of the chickadee and robin PERFECTLY! These are amazing paintings. (I don't know the other two birds enough to comment on those.)

Dora said...

Very nice! I love gesture paintings and yours came out wonderful.

Kristin said...

Wow Kelly these are really cool! What a great idea. The chickadee is really special because you can see each brush stroke doing its work, and the use of the white of the paper is awesome! Wow.

Bronson Hill Arts said...

Incredible and perfect use of negative space, Kelly. Simply beautiful!

-Barb

Elva Paulson said...

These are awesome! Especially the robin and the chickadee.

cindyzlogic said...

Absolutely stunning work, Kelly!! I love them all :-))
P.S. I made the same mistake on dating a sketch...oh well...2012...right?

Kelly said...

:-) Thanks, everyone!! You guys are so nice...