Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nudge, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting


Nudge, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting
Nudge, Sparrow Bird Oil Painting, painting by Linda McCoy
About This Painting:
Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $65 USD
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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
About This Painting:
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
About This Painting:
Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $65 USD
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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
About This Painting:
Media: oil
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $65 USD
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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