Friday, January 18, 2013

The Pied-Billed Grebe, #16

Pied-Billed Grebe    8 x 8"    $125
This little guy is from one of my west coast photos.  I don't remember taking all these bird photos that I've saved from my west coast life but I'm sure glad I saved them.  The painting is a value study with just a touch of blue in the water.  It's mostly Sepia, Raw Umber and French Ultramarine.  It's another example of drawing with the brush and pigment.  The shape was painted in first as a solid brown shape.  I went in after that to take away some of the pigment, thus "painting" the form of the bird this way.  Later, a second layer of pigment was applied in a few areas to further develop the form.  I think he's adorable!

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