Sunday, June 26, 2011

Three steps for the Yellow-Capped Blackbird

charcoal sketch

gouache added

pastel for the finish
This painting process is a variation on a technique I learned at Dawn Emerson's workshop. It takes time to practice and experiment in order to make something my own, and that's my arrival point today. This technique is MINE.

Too bad I didn't correct the composition problems before taking this piece to the finish. Next time around I will give the bird room for his tail feathers!

3 comments:

Carol Lee Beckx said...

I seem to enjoy it when rules are broken - I think the negative shapes created by the tail moving off the picture plane create a dynamic composition.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thank you, Carol! Your positive comments made my day.

Carrie H. said...

I'm so glad to see you have found some success with the new techniques. Keep it up!