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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sparrow in the Blackberries #31


A little Lincoln's Sparrow flits about on a blackberry vine.

I treated myself to a Moleskine watercolor book. This is my first painting in it. I like how it handled detail. I do see a little ghost of the image coming through to the back of the paper so, on paintings like this one with lots of white, I wouldn't want to paint on the backside of the same page if I want to keep the art really clean.

4 comments:

Kristin said...

I don't notice the ghost image, but maybe you edited it out, or it helps to know where it is. I like the curious little sparrows posture and the way you capture depth with a simple scene. Did you use a photo for the reference or paint from life?

Elva Paulson said...

Hi Kristin: The ghost image only shows when I turn the page over. If I used the backside of this page, then a ghost image would show on this side.

I painted from one of our photos ... but I have been doing some field sketches of sparrows -- trying to capture their quaint postures.

Kelly said...

Elva....this little fellow is incredible. I love him!

Concetta Flore said...

aha, now I see your illustrative skills after poring for years over your narrative and sketches...