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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kelly - Painting 16

This is the same bird that's in painting 15 (the impressionistic oil pastel). I wanted to paint him in a different style, so I first created a loose watercolor of the bird (without much of a sketch), added in berries, and created a dark background. I then went over the painting with a chalky white gouache glaze (to give the feel of the cold day), and heightened the bird, berries and his perch with a little gouache detail. I'm enjoying experimenting with gouache.

(Watercolor underpainting with gouache details and background)


Lorrie Klosterman said...

Kelly it's so fun to see the different media you're using. What a great frosty feel. Those berries add a delightful touch.

CathyO said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for your welcome! I have been following the group for a few months now and appreciate how your love of these birds comes thru in your work! They are so beautifully handled! I love this little guy!

Claire M said...

Wow... you did lots on this painting. Very nice results - love the highlights on the berries and the fuzziness of some of his feathers etc. Love the background too.

Elva Paulson said...

The gouache was just perfect for making a cold day. I love how you explore an idea with different approaches.