I decided to do another crow painting. The Lookout features the beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains that we have on Dallas Road at the end of Cook Street in Victoria.
After my last exhibition, several people contacted me to buy the other crow painting Haters Gonne Hate (that piece that is not for sale because it is going to be part of a bigger project). Since people in Victoria love crows (and I do too!), I wanted to make a piece that I can put up for sale for my next exhibition at the Moss Street Paint-In next July 15th.
The fifth painting in my little birds series (of little paintings!). The purple background probably entered my subconscious because it’s Easter weekend, hehe. I love the colours on these little guys. This one was scouting my grandparents’ bird feeder, probably waiting for me to leave the area.
I used to get really confused between the purple finch and house finch.. until I saw a purple finch. Then I realized that all the previous ones that I saw were house finches!
I just noticed that all my five paintings in this series have birds facing left. I’m wondering if I should continue that trend for the sixth or break the pattern and rebel with a right facing bird. Mmmm, decisions, decisions.
Gotta start working on the cougar painting background tomorrow!
Whatcha doing there? (Female cardinal), Acrylics, 5″ x 7″
Another little painting for my small paintings series of small birds. I like the subtle colours of the female cardinal. It’s not as “in your face” as the male, but I find the variety in the plumage is quite beautiful.
The inquisitive look in this little gal looks like it’s looking at us with the question: “Whatcha doing there?”
I’ll be working on a bigger canvas soon, but will continue to work on these little paintings at the same time.
The second painting in my small bird painting series that I’m planning on doing. I’m trying to get smaller paintings done quickly so that I can eventually get back to my initial project of doing one painting a day, along with bigger canvases on the side.
This guy was part of a band of (gypsies! -that’s a bohemian waxwing after all.. hehe) that emptied the tree of its berries in front of my old studio in Quebec City. They looked like a bunch of thieves with their little black masks on!
Waxwings have a special place in my heart. They are the first birds that I photographed many years ago that got me interested in bird watching. From then on, I was hooked!
Small, quick painting done to try to “loosen up”. I’ve decided to try to do more of these very small paintings, so that I can do quick ones and try to not get too caught up in details. Hopefully after doing several ones, my painting will be a bit more painterly.
Yesterday, I got into the process of updating and tweaking the photos of my art work so that they would be more true to the pieces. I also needed to do this in order to get some art cards printed!
It has been quite a challenge to get back into painting about a year and a half ago. I’ve decided to have a look back at what I’ve done and it’s really interesting to see the progress.
I came to the conclusion that I definitely want and need to be more productive..
At first, this blog was supposed to be about daily painting. It worked for the first few paintings, but I quickly realised that it wasn’t going to be possible to keep that up with my schedule and the level of detail that I was trying to achieve. But, I am thinking about giving it another try! It would be a great challenge and learning experience. I would really like for my pieces to be more painterly. So, maybe doing a few daily small paintings and doing a big one once in a while. We’ll see!
Lèche-Vitrines (Window Shopping), Acrylics, 11″ x 14″
In French, “lèche-vitrines” (window shopping) can be translated literally by window licking.. which I think is pretty appropriate in this case (hence the French title!).
This is my cat Slinky. I really liked the way the light was contouring his silhouette, enhancing his fluffiness. It’s weird to paint an animal without painting the eyes! Hopefully the personality still came through.
We have a lot of hummingbirds hanging around our balcony. It’s really nice to hear them chirping around. Luckily, most of the time the cats are inside! But once in a while, the just like to taunt them..
It was challenging to paint man made structures like the balcony, the door and the inside. I tried to get away from the safety of the airbrush for the background. It’s a learning curve!
Aaah, at last! It seems like this piece took me forever to finish. I think the reason it felt like it took me so long was because I didn’t have lots of long stretch of time to work on it. Also it’s my biggest acrylic painting to date. But it’s done.
The background has gone through several stages, but I’m actually pleased with how it looks like blurry cherry blossoms in the distance. The tree trunk was done with my palette knife and a few glazes. I really wanted a nice contrast with the black of the crows and always liked the mixture of pink and black. I also tried to give the impression of the sun dappling through the tree onto the crows.
There are a lot of crows in Victoria and a lot of cherry trees! I love how the crows prance around. They also seem to have quite a complex social system going on. This was a painting that I created from several different pictures and observation. I thought that this scene could easily be transposed to humans..