Monday, July 7, 2008

Fighting the Wind and Easy Goin

Bird's the word lately. Just completed these two Egret watercolors. The first one is an Egret fighting a stiff headwind. The background sky was painted wet on wet (I brushed on clear water and worked carefully around the Egret) and another glaze (after the wet on wet was bone dry) to darken the sky in strategic locations. The bird was painted wet on dry with a lot of graduated passages. Subtle value gradation here is very important. The second watercolor painting is an Egret in full flight with the sky painted wet on dry. Some granulation and blossoms gives the background character. The Egret, like the prior painting, has a lot of subtle value gradations with some very no nonsense strokes to give the impression of feathers. Both painting were done in preparation for a workshop next Wednesday. The Chinese symbol here meands "Peace" and not "Fook Yu"

10 comments:

silvina said...

David, these are so gorgeous! The roosters are amazing too. If you ask me, I think they'd look even better in front of some pegboard type thing. Wadda ya think?

David Lobenberg said...

Get rid of the sky and put in a pegboard background!? you're as nutty as me, Silvina!:) Hmmm...let me think about it...light streaming through the holes with an egret bursting into view!!!!

Mike said...

WAY TO GO, Dave !!! These are terrific!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Mike. Always like getting a good word or two from a fab. watercolor artist (and oil) such as youself!

Paz said...

Lovely, lovely paintings. Glad the symbol says peace. ;-)

Paz

Jared Shear said...

Like these a lot!....especially drawn to the bottom piece. Love the composition with the bird resting up towards the top of the frame.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I can feel the wind.
Beautifully done.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Paz

David Lobenberg said...

Glad ya like the composition, Jared

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Mary