Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nippy Out Here! Robin Oil Painting


Nippy Out Here! Robin Oil Painting
Nippy Out Here! Robin 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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I love how they fluff their feathers when they are cold. This was a very cold Ohio morning, and there were several Robins in the tree. This one looked particularly unhappy with the freezing weather. I liked the way the orange in his breast feathers played against the blue sky.
Copyright 2016 Linda McCoy

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Boyfriend, Cardinal Oil Painting


The Boyfriend, Cardinal Oil Painting
The Boyfriend, Cardinal 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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This is the companion piece to "Sunbathing." I painted the birds to face each other. They don't have to hang together, but it feels like they might belong together :)
Copyright 2016, Linda McCoy

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunbathing, Female Cardinal


Sunbathing, Female Cardinal
Sunbathing, Female Cardinal , 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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Lots of fun with the greys in this little female Cardinal.
Copyright 2016 Linda McCoy

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Morning Sun, Bird in Flight


Morning Sun, Bird in Flight
Morning Sun, Bird in Flight, 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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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

Monday, February 15, 2016

Baby, It's Cold


Baby, It's Cold
Baby, It's Cold , 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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We did get a good blast of winter in the last few days, and this little sparrow does not seem pleased. What a fun little bird to paint! I love how they fluff their feathers when it's cold.
Copyright 2016 Linda McCoy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Rose


The Rose
The Rose, 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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Happy Valentine's Day!
Copyright 2016, Linda McCoy

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