One morning when out with my camera photographing iris, I heard nearby drumming coming from the woods near the back of our house. I followed the sound and was delighted to discover the Pileated Woodpecker that I’d often seen flying by.
Could I get closer without him seeing me?
Reference photo for my most recent watercolor.
“Little Drummer Boy,” 14 x18, Watercolor, © June Rollins
From what I learned about Pileated Woodpeckers, this is a young male who appears to have established his territory around where we live. He is life-size in the painting. Our own Little Drummer Boy.
Listen for the distant drumming. Wishing all unexpected discoveries!
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Dreamscape No. 606, 3×5, ©June Rollins
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It’s that time of year when many of us are facing the challenge of incorporating greens into our nature inspired paintings.
I took this reference photo a few years ago. While working in my flower garden, I would often be surprised by Carolina Anoles like the one you see above. I grew fond of their bold, inquisitive ways.
Even though the painting will be primarily green, I didn’t only use out-of-the-tube, green pigment. I also like the effects of mixing yellow, gold, red and blue to make a variety of pleasing greens. More info at: Mixing Greens
I began with rich color working wet-into-wet to create soft-edged shapes. I later defined the subject with a light wash.
I continued adding darker values aiming for a subtle leading and flow of edge variety and interlocking shapes.
Lean Mean Green Machine, 10×21, Watercolor, ©JuneRollins
I lifted color and glazed to create unity. Because of the glazing and predominance of green, the finished painting was difficult to photograph. Above is close in color, although actual painting has more depth.
When meeting the green challenge this year, make your painting unique by following Picasso’s advice, create “that particular green” that can’t be bought…
They will sell you thousands of greens: Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like, but that particular green, never.
It may look like I’m painting from a photo, but look closer to see the tulip is in an ikebana. I put white paper behind it to help me see the tulip.
I’ve made a loose sketch and selected my colors.
I’m working at a tilt and am adding a loose, wet wash of Holbein Indian Yellow.
Working wet-into-wet, I add touches of Holbein Cadmium Green Pale.
Wet glazing with Holbein Brilliant Orange.
Wet glazing with Holbein Cadmium Red Purple.
I’ve done some negative painting and am now lifting out shapes for definition.
Tulip Study, 7×8, Watercolor, ©June Rollins
It’s especially rewarding to paint the flowers I’ve grown. This is the first for 2015. Hope to be doing more.
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