Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring is on the way ... I PROMISE!

I like this bird better, but went too far with the background

I got a little heavy-handed with the spray bottle

We painted robins on Saturday, while it was pouring with rain, and the wind was gusting to 40-50 knots.  It was kind of fun to immerse ourselves in painting robins, harbingers of spring.  I am still playing with my Doc Martin Hydrus watercolors, so I tried  to make mine have a little character by "sketching" the birds with the Doc Martin droppers.  Then I drag the color with a wet brush, then spray with water. I really enjoy doing that, and then waiting for the results, often not what I expect.  Even so, the robins are arrivng, yet the snow geese and the swans are still here.  The fields are morphing from winter drab to yellow and green with daffodils, so the tulips can't be far behind.

For that, I have to start assembling work for the Tulip Festival and our Art Bash Show.  Painting is more fun than matting and framing!


Irina said...

I like very much these two beauties. And will try to spray over the paint, to get this loose feeling, thank you for the idea!

Dee Doyle said...

Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it is fun to "play,' rather than having to be so traditional. Some turn out, and many don't! :-)

RH Carpenter said...

I like both of these - they have their own personalities :)

Dee Doyle said...

Thanks, Rhonda,

Sort of schitzophrenic reflection of their creator ... I just can't seem to "find" myself. Will keep on looking tho.

Jane said...

The first robin is gorgeous and i don't think you overdid anything in the background. The colors are just Wow!

Dee Doyle said...

Thank you, Jane, I am not totally UNhappy with it, but I believe I could have handled the background in a "cleaner" way. I may do some more and see if I can clean up my act! :-)