A couple of years ago in May a scarlet tanager was following me around from flower bed to flower bed as I added new mulch. It sounded to me like he had a mind of his own!
This big painting was a great deal of fun because these are 2 of my favorite subjects and I know them both well. I began with a rough sketch on Day 1, laid in some sloppy washes and blocked in forms. On Day 2, I did some botanical parts and hair texture on both models and finally on Day 3 (yesterday) I did the easier parts–flowers and clothing. All in all my biggest challenge was to leave it alone and call it finished. It is a good thing today is the show deadline!!
My recent little 11 x 14″ oil painting was a chance to paint some favorite models using materials I rarely play with: oils. Because a friend recommended Gamblin oil paints, they are so buttery I don’t have to use solvents, even when I clean brushes. They wash with Lava soap and water! Oh, AND between painting sessions I keep my palette from drying out by storing it in our old garage freezer!
Alla prima oil painting of my favorite News Team:
Mr. Beasley posed for my watercolor sketch yesterday, watching the blue heron strategizing how to get to the fish in our pond.