Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flamingos and another hummingbird!

Today's 5" x 7"s are another broad-tailed hummingbird and flamingos (#34 and 35!)     I spoke with Shane earlier and he was still hoping to have time to get a small piece done today - if so, will post it below my two later today.

In my transition from watercolor to oil, I've had the most difficulty painting birds in oil - which is one of the reason I chose to do bird studies for this project. I can see progress in my goal to be more painterly  and the studies are giving me ideas for larger gallery pieces.

You can see all of the 35 paintings we've done so far by clicking here.  The paintings are sold unframed but you can find attractive 5" x 7" ready-made frames at Michaels or even Target.

Adele Earnshaw - #2 Broad-tailed Hummingbird
5" x 7" oil on panel

I've not been able to get a decent photograph of the flamingos, the water is really much darker.  Once the painting is dry I'll put it on the scanner and will post a better image. I've never painted a flamingo before but enjoyed it so much that I'm thinking of painting them on location at the zoo.  

Adele Earnshaw - Flamingos
7" x 5", oil on panel

And now another story about Fatty-bird.   One night my son and I were watching a movie while sharing a bowl of popcorn.  Fatty-bird had turned in for the night, sleeping in my bedroom ceiling light fixture.  All the rooms were dark except for where we were watching a movie.  Suddenly out of the dark, a surprise attack!  I had my mouth open ready to insert a piece of popcorn in it when Fattybird flew between my fingers and my mouth, grabbing the popcorn midair.   She took the popcorn back to her bed in the light fixture.

When I wanted her to come out of the light fixture, all I had to do was to turn the light on.  I would hear her scolding me as her bed heated up.  When it got unbearably hot, she'd hop out of the light with her little beak open to cool off.    The saga of Fatty-bird will continue with the next post!

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