Snowy Egret – Mixed Media

Snowy Egret

I worked on this painting for the last couple of days. I started out just sketching, but it turned into a fun mixed media project…my FIRST one, really!

I started with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Windpower vellum Bristol 14″ x 17″ paper. However, the gray of the water takes up about half of the space, and I decided I didn’t want to do all of that in colored pencil. My arm would have been killing me!!! πŸ˜‰ So I decided to paint the water and some of the Snowy Egret with acrylics. I used colored pencil and a little bit of acrylic on the bird, but decided to paint the rocks in watercolor since I have more colors to work with in watercolors. So this is why the paper curled slightly. I have never painted on regular thick paper, only pre-stretched watercolor paper or watercolor paper blocks or canvas. This was a different experience for sure.

I painted this Snowy Egret spontaneously from a photo my husband took ot it by the river where we used to live over 15 years ago! I eyeballed it for proportion and didn’t worry about getting it to look exactly like the photo. I have saved this photo and others from some of his old photography thinking I might draw or paint them one day. So the other day I was bored and looking for something to start on and found this in my stash of “project to do someday” photos. Hey, maybe I should label that envelope with just that title! I’m thinking of doing a series of different river and ocean birds. I really should live by the ocean……..

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚


About whitefeatherfloating

When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork and some writing, but I also created a blog called "My Crazy Life!" in order to simply write my short autobiography and hopefully get some feedback on it as I go. However, it is a very slow project right now. You can find it here: Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on March 14, 2015, in Art Talk and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This is beautiful, Patsy! You’re so talented. πŸ™‚


  2. We’ll move to the ocean together!! Love this painting!


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