|Experienced model available. Will work for worms and crickets.|
I'm starting on another painting. This one is a 16" x 12", so fairly sizable for me. It will feature a long-billed curlew. It probably comes as no surprise that I'm doing another birding painting. I just can't help it. I mean, check out my model. He's just screaming to be painted. This dapper fellow lives at the Seattle Aquarium and has been my model for other pieces.
|Very loose watercolor sketch of my idea for the painting.|
Since I am a fan of the Pacific coast and long-billed curlews winter there, this seemed like a good subject to paint.
|Background so far, painted in acrylic. Not exactly what I had originally envisioned, but...|
I wanted to continue working on abstract backgrounds that just suggest a habitat, but this one got away from me a little. I was just having so much fun with the pallet knife and all the colors in the sand that I got detailed without even realizing it. I'm still on the fence about the sky color (among other things). I think it needs to be more gray, more wintery. We'll see how it all comes together.