I did complete the seven day art challenge, even if I didn’t post everything here. 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.
Update: I entered this painting into two art contests. The first was the inaugural art competition in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans’ Healthcare System Creative Arts Festival (say that one fast) and it took first place in the watercolor division, though it did not place at the national level. We veterans tend to be quite the talented bunch. The second time was in March 2022, when I entered in my local county fair. The judge bumped it up to the professional category, and awarded me a red ribbon (which had a prize of $2.00!). Considering the Best in Show went to someone in the youth category, and that will look great on a college application, I have no regrets.
I should probably note I am working on repainting this on a 16×20 inch stretched canvas. I have the layout done, and a thin layer of acrylic as the base because charcoal and graphite tend to rub off canvas. Watch for a further post on this piece, which will be a one-of-a-kind since my scanner can only fit 11×17 inches, so there will be no prints of it.
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)
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)
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.