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, all in watercolor. This is the flamingo painting I like best of the six, although others have said they prefer another from the series … but that is probably why we are all individual people!
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.
The (unframed) original painting is available, sealed with art wax and in a plastic sleeve to protect it, for $125 USD. Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories and apparel at my RedBubble store.
Award-winning watercolor painting
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.
Let me read this to you
I am trying something fun: recording myself reading the blog post (with a little extra) as a podcast. Listen here.