Bluebirds…

I did my local walking circuit yesterday, staying on the roads as the snow was still too deep for walking elsewhere. (Though the two previous days I put on snowshoes and enjoyed wonderful walks though fields and forest.) Lots of bird activity, including several bluebirds. Their flash of gorgeous blue is always uplifting.

All of the surroundings were grey and white and umber, so this counterpoint was most welcome.

Playing with Pouring

I am intrigued with watercolor pouring as a technique. Very different than my own style, it forces one to really look at the values in a study, and work based solely on those. I am planning to take a short workshop on pouring in late spring, but until then, I thought I would try to understand it a bit by trying some images.

This, my first one, is one of my favorite scenes from the Pyrenees from our trip there two years ago.

First: a photo from the work in progress:

I didn’t have any small thin brushes for the masking, so was trying to get some texture on the old buildings using a combed brush. A bit crude, but applying a few washes after I removed the masking certainly helped.

All in all, not a fabulous painting, but interesting to do, and it will help me work on several aspects of technique including brush control, line, and value/intensity.

Crown Vic?

This amazing bird is actually called a ‘Victoria Crowned Pigeon’. But the name reminds me of the ‘Crown Vic’ car name. I like the former much more than the latter, for sure.

If only all pigeons looked like this!

Part of my Bird-a-Day fun is deciding how to frame and crop each image. I thought this was a great way to highlight the crown.

Bird a Day Redux

To get me jump-started with my painting (which has been lackluster, at best, this past year), I decided to once again start a ‘Bird a Day’ series. My images, thus time, are from a small calendar featuring bird photographer of the year entries. The small images are not ideal, on one hand, but on the other, it forces me to loosen up and not just to capture the literal image.

Entry 1, a kestrel: