Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Little Egret for Today

I was at the easel at 5 this morning with the goal of finishing a 75 for $75 by the time the sun came up. I try to squeeze these little studies in between the pieces I do for galleries.

This study is radically different from the others.  One of the reasons I'm doing this project is to work on strong, broad brush strokes.  The Little Egret started out that way but he was too hard edged and screamed to be softened so using my favorite watercolor mop brush, I softened edges.  Much softer and the bird would disappear into the fog.  But I like this piece and might do a larger painting from this study.  Many of my 75 for $75 studies will end up as larger more complete paintings...these little guys are only studies that help me work out color, value and edges.

Little Egret
5" x 7" oil study on board, unframed
$75 plus $6 shipping within the U.S.