Hello Art fans,
Well I have finally finished my latest piece – Titled “Flirty Birds“. This was such a time consuming piece of art and it really tested my skill set.
I think I mentioned in a blog post not too long ago that I would start doing a lot more “Australian” wild life and scenic landscape pictures to promote Australia and how beautiful this country really is. Well Flirty Birds was not only my first attempt at Cockatoo’s but also my first piece in this series of paintings that I have embarked out on to complete.
My biggest supporter and also my love in my life suggested that I take progress pictures to show how I work, and how a piece of creativity progresses through stages. All up, there are 18 pictures that tell the story of the creation of this latest piece.
The beginning for any picture for me starts out with a rough pencil sketch to get my idea’s down on canvas and to also see if the picture is “doable”. As you can see from the picture below, I get most of the picture drawn out – especially with this piece as it was something entirely new I was trying to achieve.
Starting to add Paint to Canvas
Here I start to add some paint to the canvas, I started with the tree branch the Cockatoo’s are standing on mainly because I was still a bit unsure on how I would do the Cockatoo colours.
Time to add the background elements
Here I started with the base colour of the background. Always start with the lighter colours, this way you can add darker colours more easily. I also finish painting the base colours for the tree branch.
Adding the Darker elements of the background
Here I start to add the darker elements of how I want the background to look like. This is why you add the lighter colours first as it allows you to go in any direction you please. For example, I could of went with blue’s and oranges, but I started with pinks and reds and this was the look I was chasing.
Blending the colour into each other
Here you can see I start to add more reds and some orange as well. This is called the blending of colours, very time consuming especially when painting the background around the main image. It would of been more simple and quicker to do the background first, but harder to draw my Cockatoo’s into it.
The next series of pictures will show you the sequence of blending and adding colour to the background. You can see the picture starting to take shape.
Realising that wood is hard to re-create
After I was starting to get a little happy with how the background colours were looking, I noticed that I was entirely happy with the colour I chose to display the squiggly bark tree branch. So I decided it needed to change.
Still not entirely happy
I still wasn’t happy with the look, something needed to be done to bring it to life. Ahhhhh lighter it needs to be, so I start mixing paint, mixing more paint and mixing more paint to get the right colour and shade. I also adding some definition to the darker part of the branch.
Ok, Now we are getting somewhere
Now here I start to add the base colour to the Cockatoo’s, I had put it off for long enough now and it was time to tackle these birds. Here was where I started to get a little worried I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Hmmmm Ok, it’s getting there
Here was where I started to tackle the job of painting the feathers. OMG it was very time consuming part of the painting.
Time to make those Feathers work
Ok so in the previous picture I laid down my base colour for the birds and feathers. Here I start to get the look that I’m after.
Now to add Colour!
Ok, so after getting the white blended, I needed to add the trademark yellow. Here is how it all started.
Making the Birds come alive
Here is where I need to start to bring the birds to life, give them a bit of character and to give the feathers a bit of shading.
Adding the other tree branches
Time to bring the Tree branch to life
Here was where I brought the Tree branch to life, and also done some minor adjustments to the birds.
The Completed Picture
And this is the result of all those hours of hard work. I’m actually quite impressed with myself and the results.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and the way I created this piece of artwork. You can find it in the Store displayed for sale.
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