Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ivory Rooster - Final

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I finally finished adding blades of grass underfoot. Also, I repositioned the uppermost chick because I didn't like the head-on symmetry of it. I hope you can appreciate what a magnificent guy this rooster is, and sense the mutual protectiveness between him and the hen. Time to give the size 0 brush a rest.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ivory Rooster 6

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One of these days, I may learn to paint details under overlapping foliage first, but I'm usually too impatient to see larger color masses first. I've added details to the purple leaves behind the hen, and still have to add elements to the foreground.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ivory Rooster 5

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© Ellen Blonder
I packed the unfinished painting back to the mainland, saying good-bye to the rooster and hen that I saw nearly every day. I doubt they will still be there next year. All the chicks have grown remarkably during my two months in Kauai. Catch as catch can, I've done most of the rooster and begun on the surrounding foliage.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ivory Rooster 4

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Now that the hen is mostly done, I've added details to the chicks and started on the rooster. I'm liking how his tail feathers help frame the hen's head. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ivory Rooster 3

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© Ellen Blonder
Since the hen is a big brown mass, I thought I'd better paint her in first. She looks a bit drab compared with the rooster, but her feathers are quietly beautiful.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ivory Rooster 2

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I'm resisting the urge to add flowers, so that the red in the rooster's and hen's faces will be the brightest spots. Today, I added some thin acrylic washes to help me see the color masses.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ivory Rooster 1

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A handsome couple on the bike path in Kauai has caught my eye. The rooster is all ivory and black, with no copper feathers. He's always accompanied by his hen. I'm going to take license to add some chicks, because this year, I have never seen so many of them along my walks.

I've started a sketch on a 16 x 20-inch canvas board.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Windblown Rooster - Final

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I've added details to the plants and thrown some leaves to the wind. Finished.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Windblown Rooster 4

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The chest and wing feathers are filled in now. Time to get back to the plants.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Windblown Rooster 3

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© Ellen Blonder
Over the last week, I've been adding color to the plants, then filling in the rooster's tail.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Windblown Rooster 2

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I wanted to build up from the background first, but I always seem to want to paint the rooster's face early on. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Windblown Rooster 1

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While I was waiting in a parking lot in Lihue, this rooster wandered by my car window. The wind picked up and fluffed out his neck feathers. I've been wanting to paint him ever since. Here's the sketch on a 16 x 20 canvas board.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Cycad Painting - Final

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I think this is done. I added some red leaves behind the bromeliad, darkened, then lightened the sky a bit, spending hours touching it up behind the cycad and refining the cycad leaves afterward. I've also darkened the underside and beard of the goat, added contrast in the horns and fixed its face so those weird far-apart eyes read better. 

In retrospect, this was a crazy way to paint, without even a foggy idea of where I was headed, finishing out the key elements and then having to paint around them. What's funny is that in the end, it doesn't look so different from my other paintings that are more planned ahead. I don't know how others manage to have a layout all planned out ahead. I needed time out to let this sit between painting sessions so I could figure out what else it required.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cycad Painting 8

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This is both the fun and tedious part, adding details with the finest brushes. There are now additional goats in the background, and patterns on the bromeliad leaves. I've also added strappy leaves behind and under the bromeliad and blades of grass in the foreground. The goat still feels a bit pasted in, though. While he looked very dark against the beige background when I first painted him, he now looks too flatly white against the dark path.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cycad Painting 7

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Here's the bromeliad shaping up. 
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And here it is with the colorful flower bracts. It needed something on the right for balance, so I've added some fan palm leaves.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cycad Painting 6

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I've got to add some color. I can't let this just be a goat by himself in green grass. There's a bromeliad I've been wanting to paint, and I now have it sketched into the lower left corner. I'll decide what else to add after I work on that.