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Snow Birds

Do you think they are tired of winter too?

Even though this has been one of the most beautiful winters in recent memory, it’s about time for it to go—but there’s still a few more paintings to work on. Warm and waterproof Merrill boots help me continue to snap photos in Prospect Park, where this image was taken on an overcast Saturday by the lake. Lack of sunshine meant soft colors and few shadows to paint, while letting me explore subtle changes in light and hue.

And these funny geese! Painting them was a lesson in goose anatomy, with their big bellies balanced on jointed legs. The troika of ultramarine blue, quinacradone rust and sepia—all M. Graham paints—with a few touches of pthalo blue, helped bring the birds’ shape and color to life. Painting the gulls involved a less-is-more approach, where the white of the paper worked with simple brushstrokes to create flying birds. I loved how their little faces appeared in my reference image, and I used the teeniest brush to just spot in eyes and beak.

Move on winter. I am off to my childhood hometown to visit the Philadelphia Flower Show and The Barnes Foundation for a hit of spring and warm inspiration.

March 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 21″

This entry was published on March 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm. It’s filed under Home, landscape, Uncategorized, watercolor, winter and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Snow Birds

  1. Kathy Roemer on said:

    Great details on the birds and trees. I am from PA, too.

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