Snowy Egret – Mixed Media
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!!! 😉 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! 🙂
Posted on March 14, 2015, in Art Talk, My Thoughts, watercolor paintings, Writing and tagged acrylics, Arches watercolor paper, Australian Flatback Sea Turtle, California Sea Lion, colored pencil, Hawksbill sea turtle, Leatherback sea turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, ocean, Olive Ridley sea turtle, Paint, painting, Prismacolor, river, Sea turtles, Strathmore paper, the Green Sea Turtle, vellum Bristol paper, watercolor, watercolor paintings. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.