Flamingo in Rippled Water

I did complete the seven day art challenge, even if I didn’t post everything here (or Fakebook).  In all, I have six flamingo paintings and one beach sunrise painting, and this is the flamingo painting I like best of the six.

A pink flamingo feeds in rippled blue-green water along the shore, with its feathers and the water ripples catching the early morning sun light.  This is a twelve by nine inch watercolor painting on watercolor paper.

Flamingo in Rippled Water, 12x9in watercolor

The (unframed) original painting is available, sealed with art wax and in a plastic sleeve to protect it, for $120 USD.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories and apparel at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)  I’ll see if Leo at Leo’s Fine Sushi in Palatka would like to display it.  If so, look for a comment to this post.

Flapping Flamingo

A new art challenge has begun!  This is a short seven days, with the theme of “liquid.”  I have my seven reference photos picked out, cropped, and gridded … and all seven involve one or more flamingoes, which are wading shore birds so it was merely a matter of making sure they aren’t on dry land.  I have been wanting to paint a flamingo for almost two years now, and have done sketches to get a feel for the bird’s lines.  Now, it is time to paint some.

First up is a young bird, molting from the grey-purple chick down to the vibrant pink feathers of the adult flamingo.  The wings change over before the head and neck, just like chickens.  The brilliant rose pink is a perfect contrast to the blue-green I used for the water, with the distant shoreline a blurry combination of yellow ochre for sand, brown in the shadows, and three shades of green.

Flamingoes usually don’t come this far north, nor this far inland, in Florida, but down in the southern part of the peninsula they are a part of the wildlife.

The original is twelve by nine inches, sealed with wax to protect against humidity.  Prints – both smaller and larger – are available at my Pixels store.  Tee shirts and accessories are available at my RedBubble subdomain. (links open in new tab/window)

Flapping Flamingo, 12×9 inches watercolor

Winter Snowman

We are now in the second half of the year, which means it is time for those of us in the gift-making sector to turn our focus to the year-end holidays.  I will certainly be doing Florida-themed paintings very soon, but I thought I should spotlight the watercolor paintings I did at the end of 2020.  The first, which set the tone and fired my imagination, was this cheerful and festive-looking snowman.  I had a very enjoyable time painting this, with the merry red scarf and hat, the black buttons, and the blue and purple shadows, with the swirling green in the background to make the reds pop.  Just pulling this painting out again to scan and upload has brightened my mood today!  I often use the word “whimsical” to describe this one.  While it has a different look compared to most of my other artwork, I still love it.

The original is right here next to my desk, available for purchase if you have a nine by twelve inch space on your wall or desk.  For smaller or larger (up to 30 by 40 inches!) prints, visit my Pixels store.  If you want apparel or accessories, there is both my RedBubble subdomain and also a few at the Pixels site alongside the prints. (links open in new tab/window)

Winter Snowman, 9x12in watercolor

Pink Rose

 Continuing with my love of roses, here is a small square watercolor painting I simply call Pink Rose.  While I painted the flower itself in a very realistic style, I went completely abstract for the blue-green background, just making the outline along the petals radiate towards the edges of the paper.  My husband commented that this stylization of the background is often used in comics, which I had not known previously.  Of course, at this moment, neither of us can come up with the name for this effect.

The original is available still, and is on the small side at only 7 by 7 inches.  It is wax-sealed to protect against humidity.  I can ship to buyers outside the area.  If you would like a print, I have up to 24 by 24 inch prints available in my Pixels store.  Accessories and apparel are available in my RedBubble store.  (links open in new tab/window)

Pink Rose, 7x7in watercolor painting