Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Yes You Can! Sparrow Bird Oil Painting


Yes You Can! Sparrow Bird Painting
Yes You Can! Sparrow Bird Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Price: $65 USD
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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Indulge, Hydrangea Watercolor


Indulge, Hydrangea Watercolor_McCoy
Indulge, Hydrangea Watercolor_McCoy, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: Watercolor
Size: 24 in X 30 in (61 cm X 76.2 cm)
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Sometimes you control the painting, sometimes it controls you. It was the latter in this case. Big brushes, wild washes, splashes, negative shapes, positive shapes and all things in between. Does it look like I just threw the watercolor on the paper? Maybe so, but it took three days to complete, being careful not to overwork and over control the paint. I don't know, it felt good, and when I was finished I loved it. Go figure. Here's the journey. Copyright 2016 Linda McCoy

Large Chinese calligraphy brushes, three of them brought back from China for me by my brother and sister-in-law. :)

 
Pots of watercolor, burnt umber, sepia, gold ochre, cobalt blue, cerulean, (not shown) two values of paynes grey. 

The first wash is plopped on the paper, (140lb Arches, rough) with Cobalt Blue, and Cerulean.  While still wet I dabbed with a paper towel into each flower which created abstract shapes, these would later form the petals. Gold Ochre mixed with blues in the leaf areas. I added salt for texture after each wash.

Second wash, sepia and gold ochre. More salt.

Carve out leaf and petal  shapes. They are there, look for them!


Sepia darks to add drama

Establish a flow through shape, develop petals and leaves.

Establish petals and leaf shapes, greens are gold ochre, ultra marine blue, or gold ochre and cerulean blue.

Not quite finished, more details needed. Light washes of Payne's grey in shadow areas of hydrangea.

Finish

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nudge, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting


Nudge, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting
Nudge, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
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In the early morning when the sun is peeking around the corner of our house, the birds are at the feeders diving in and out for food. They nudge each other out of the way, and sometimes fight for positions on the feeder. Here is one of them making his way toward the sunflower seeds.   The bright sunlight makes the shadow areas appear darker; adding a little drama to the scene. I love the way their feet glow in the light. :)
Copyright 2016, Linda McCoy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Passage, Sharp Shinned Hawk, Watercolor


Passage, Sharp Shinned Hawk Watercolor
Passage, Sharp Shinned Hawk Watercolor, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: watercolor
Size: 24 in X 24 in (61 cm X 61 cm)
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It isn't often we have the opportunity as artists to paint wildlife from life. Sadly, this small hawk was found dead in our yard. I've noticed a Coopers Hawk visiting now and again but this was my first time seeing the Sharp Shinned Hawk. I painted him twice, both on a large sheet of watercolor paper. I used Burnt Umber, Sepia, Indian Red, Gold Ochre, Payne's Grey, Indian Yellow, and Cerulean Blue. The Cerulean and Burnt Umber made a beautiful gray and was the first wash on the tail. I used pots of color, and a very large brush for the first wash, and sea salt for texture after each wash.
Here are some of the photo's from the making of this painting.

The Chinese calligraphy brushes (except for the large one)  were given to me as a gift by my brother and sister in law purchased by them on a visit to China. They really worked well for this feathered, textured, process.
I did not draw this bird on the paper with a pencil. I drew him with the large brush, making each stroke count.
I enjoyed the opportunity to paint this bird from life, there was a peace about working in the studio, quietly, observing feathers; and yes, death.
Copyright 2016, Linda McCoy

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Obeisance, Chickadee Oil Painting


Obeisance,Chickadee Oil Painting
Obeisance,Chickadee Oil Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
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One of my favorites! We have several of these that frequent our feeder and they are quick and fun to watch.
Copyright 2016 Linda McCoy

Monday, January 04, 2016

Evanescent, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting


Evanescent, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting
Evanescent, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
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This is another of my "I'm here to eat, then you can paint us" backyard birds.  The warm winter sun settles on them like a soft blanket as they glide back and forth from the bushes to the feeder. I try not to disturb them as I sketch and photograph; sometimes my patience is rewarded with an image I can translate into a painting. I silently thank them, and hope that I will get a glimpse of another fleeting moment tomorrow.

Copyright 2015 Linda McCoy

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Revere, Sparrow Oil Painting


Revere, Sparrrow Bird Oil Painting
Revere, Sparrrow Bird Oil Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $65 USD
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Just an ordinary little sparrow but somehow the sunlight makes the ordinary extraordinary. I've heard people say they don't like the sparrows; too common, not much color, non descript. I think painting them is challenge, they are a dance of chromatic grey, warm, cool, light, dark; just a bit like life.
This little one was on his way to the feeder, looking forward to a sunflower feast.

Copyright 2015, Linda McCoy

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wrenegade, Bird Oil Painting


Wrenegade, Bird Oil Painting
Wrenegade, Bird Oil Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
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Our Ohio winter has been mild so far, there are a few remaining leaves, and the birds are busy munching the last of the berries. This Wren was outside my window yesterday, posing against the grey sky.
Copyright 2015 Linda McCoy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Montecatini Terme by Linda McCoy


Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 12 in X 12 in (30.5 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $100 USD
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I stayed in this small Italian town. Loved it. This is how it felt.
Copyright 2015 Linda McCoy

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lily


Lily
Lily, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: oil
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
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Farewell to the Lily's that grew in the yard this summer, November was their undoing.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween My Pretties!


Happy Halloween My Pretties!
Happy Halloween My Pretties!, painting by Linda McCoy
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Media: Watercolor
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)
Price: $75 USD
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There is a Renaissance Festival every year in Waynesville, Ohio. I went there on "Romance Week-End."  So many outfits and costumes. This person was all decked out in crochet, and made quite the vision walking around the festival. Here it is for Halloween 2015.
Copyright 2015 Linda McCoy

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Kestrel, Bird Oil Painting


Kestrel, Bird Oil Painting

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Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
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There is a place called Raptor, Inc, in Milford, Ohio where injured birds are nursed back to health and released back into the wild if possible. I was with a photography group on Saturday and was able to photograph these magnificent creatures. I was drawn to this Kestrel because of his beautiful markings.
Copyright 2015 Linda McCoy