For the final day of the bird drawing class, we were lucky enough to have access to mounted birds from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Another from my class series in obsessive bird drawing. This time – how to draw bird feet. Learned many things: The number of toes per foot are not constant from species to species The scales on the feet, particularly those of raptors, help to hold the prey There skin on the bottom and the top […]
For the past few weeks, I have been taking a bird drawing class at our local botanical Gardens. I have never taken a botanical class before. Back when I got my degree in art ed, the focus was on abstract. Being figurative was regarded as a sure sign of repressed creativity. I recall one painting professor who […]
Continuing experiments with acrylic paints. I have been using matte medium, since I don’t like the sheen and plastic-feel of acrylics. I could use Acrylic gouache, but I am not wild about the lack of intensity of the colors in most acrylic gouache – and there is the cost. Why is acrylic gouache so darned […]
Summer in the South means that everything is green and thriving. I grew up on the desert, dodging tumbleweeds and squinting into the glare. The richness and color of a Southern summer just amazes me.
For the second year in a row, we have bluebirds nesting in a house attached to the outside of our screened deck. They are great birds to watch, particularly the way their color changes in the sunlight.
Well, it’s not actually raining in the painting, but it has been raining here for 5 days straight, which is odd since I am neither in Seattle nor London. The good news is that I have gotten a lot of painting done while being stuck inside. This is the first of a series of 8″ x […]
Life just gets busy. I have been working on a new series of paintings this past month. All of them are watercolor birds with gouache patterned backgrounds. Gouache is not the easiest medium to take up. Trying to blend gouache tends to give chalky, stiff messes. But I am finding that I am enjoying creating bold […]
#InkTober Day 4, although it has a bit more watercolor than ink. Let’s just say that the ink was quite deliberate; especially I am still waiting for some truly waterproof carbon ink for my fountain pens to arrive in Chapel Hill from China. Meanwhile, I am using dip pens and not waterproof ink, applied after […]
It’s a Rogues Gallery of Cats. Who knows what they are really up to! Even though it is June, not December, I am wishing for santa baby to bring me a wide format scanner, as this image is only about 2/3 of the painting. There is a landscape on the bottom that had to be […]