an entire year has been completed. This time, instead of
having a local subject, I decided to paint a Scandinavian bird:
the Bohemian Waxwing, on a twig of Eurasian Rowan.
The waxwing has the most magnificent soft and nearly
un-feather like plumage, coloured by muted greys and orange.
The bird is actually named after the red waxy protruding
feather shafts on each wing. This is my painting set up - no
nonsense, just paint, brushes, a canvas and a palette (usually
half of a styrofoam box that used to contain chicken rice).
Here are some progress shots. I often do the plant or perch the first.
Then I'll tackle the bird. The snow was done more than a week later
when everything underneath is completely dry.
Before any of that went onto the canvas, I painted a background
in acrylics with a sponge roller. I also did a rough painting in
Photoshop to set a blueprint of how the composition and colours
would turn out in the actual artwork.
There you have it - the Bohemian Waxwing on Eurasian Rowan,
and a peek into my painting process. ;)