This 16" by 20" piece, one of my paintings of birds, is of an Evening Grossbeak, a bird
native to Arizona. This one of my paintings of birds is based on a photograph by
wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela (in his "Birds of Arizona Field Guide"),
who has given me permission to use his bird photos as a basis for my
bird paintings. The colors
of the Evening Grosbeak are browns, golds, and yellows with a
touch of white, and he perches on an overturned wooden bucket of red
and green apples, surrounded by grass. The sky is blew and it looks to
be sometime in the lazy summer.
I basecoated this one of my paintings of birds in dark browns and light greys, and then built up the bird's final colors, layer by layer, with thin strokes, which resulted in the feathery, tuft-like texture. I painted some washes of raw sienna over some of the stomach feathers in shadow, and a wash of white tinged with light yellow on the chest area just below the neck and the lower back end of the bird.
The apples in this one of my paintings of birds were underpainted in dark olive green, the compliment to red, in order to create a resonance from painting red over its green compliment. Touches of lime green were added to the apples for greater interest, and also to make the colors pop, again because green and red are compliments.
The canvas of this one of my paintings of birds has been sprayed with clear acrylic gloss varnish to keep the colors bright, and has been signed by the artist. This painting ships bubblewrapped flat in a no-bend cardboard box.