Sunday, August 22, 2010

Watering Can


I really like simple vignette-type studies like this old watering can. It's a perfect subject for watercolor. I used my favorite Paynes Grey Bluish, Hookers Green, Sap Green, and Burnt Sienna.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cardinal Painting


The barn swallows seem to be creating a third clutch of babies in the same nest this year. The nest is in the eaves of the building where I work, and I've become addicted to watching them. It's spurred me to paint more birds. Or maybe its just because I'm getting older. I also saw a cardinal and its mate on my back yard fence the other day. Yes, cardinals do live in Texas! The male always gets the gorgeous red plumage, of course. The poor female, who does all the work, is so plain in comparison. So unfair. Anyway, for this painting I used Grumbacher Geranium and Graham Cadmium Red. On the beak and feet, I needed a softer red, so I used Winsor & Newton Brown Madder.
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