This is my fourth ornament painting this year and as in the others, I put him in the holly bush in our yard. Yes, his beard got hopelessly tangled in the spikey holly leaves. I managed to get him out unscathed. In the bottom photo I listed the colors over the color swatch on the board for those interested in the palette I used. Most of these colors are Old Holland, the white is Blue Ridge, and the Radiant Turquoise is from Gamblin. I also tried a new medium which I loved, DeMayerne Medium, from Blue Ridge Artist Supply. This is just an ornament with a plastic face but there was lots of texture in the beard, so it was a lot of fun to paint. I'm working on two commissions so no posts for awhile. Happy Holidays!
Our bird feeder hangs on a shepherd's hook, high above the deck. The birds roost in the evergreen below, and during the short flight to the feeder, the morning sun captures their wings in a most magnificent way. The light pours through the feathers, but there are also deep shadow areas the sun doesn't illuminate. So amazing, these little moments.
Copyright 2016 Linda McCoy
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.