I have learned so much with this challenge. It was not enough to commit to a painting a day - I felt the need to add a layer of complexity by adding in a medium that I feel that I am just beginning to understand. I am an oil painter that needs to allow for dry time for glazing. Alla prima is really maybe not my thing - but feel i have been successful with my attempt.
Day 11 - Lunch on the Bar
The photo does not do this painting justine. The feathers on the bird are quire detailed. What I am finding is that it is difficult to photograph wet oils. The light catches the thicker paint and the blackish tones look like a hole - but in person - you do not see that effect. Here's whats funny - I counted the plover last week - oops
Day 14 - Watchful
Yeah, I may have missed a day or two or three. LIfe happens. I love this gull and for the most part, the painting turned out exactly as I envisioned. I did have to go back in a couple of day later to enhance the values. It was fun to paint and I may also paint his brother
Day 15 - Stepping Stones
was born in Cape Breton, very close to a beach. as long as I can remember I love shore birds. They give me a sense of peace and joy. Colours are a bit off in this photo but you get the idea
Day 16 - Home on the Beach
You can sure tell it is February and I am longing for warm summer days at the beach. These birds make me so happy
Day 17 - Crusty Crustacean
No shortage of inspiration from the sea. Happy to be more than halfway through the challenge, my larger work on my shiny new easel is starting to call out to me.
Day 18 - Young Cormorant
Yeah, I have a thing for beach birds. I was so taken with the posture of this young bird. It’s all in the attitude. The reference photo was taken last summer at Rockwood Park in Saint John. This is an amazing location to photograph birds and some of the prettiest landscapes in New Brunswick!
Day 19 - Phoebe
This will be my last offering for the 30 day challenge. Also - this is the first attempt at a furry face in oils. I like it!!!
The challenges is getting cut a short by the early arrival of a beautiful new grandson. I am off to Calgary without paints and computer. I cannot wait to get my lips on his little belly!! sigh!!!
Thank you for following along
Cheers - and spring is almost just around the corner