Friday, March 7, 2008
Birds of a Feather
The swan was painted from a photo I took on a very overcast, grey day. Obviously, I changed the light to a golden sunset. The painting was done wet-on-dry. The brush is totally saturated (not flooded) and is dipped into creamy puddles of color. A watercolor round #16 sable was used for the swan and 1/2 and 1 inch flat watercolor brushes were used to lay down the reflections. This all was painted on non-stretched, 140lb. cold press watercolor paper. I believe the paper was Fabriano Uno.
The rooster (I named him "Brooster") was also painted on Fabriano Uno cold press, wet-on-dry with very quick sumi-like brush strokes. Either it comes out looking good or you tear it in half and start all over again. With my style of watercolor painting, you have to take a philosophical attitude. In other words, you are always ready to "blow" some paintings before you arrive at the "good one".