Fantasy Sea Bird Painting – and a little about the painting process…
My twentieth painting for advent – 20th December 2013.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to paint – or I’m just too indecicive and there are so many options…
I consulted a sketchbook – and found some quick sketches done at the beach in the summer – birds. OK – use the shape.
What about colour… pick out some colours I like from my favourite tin of oil pastels.
What next… a word!
Some colour and pattern – painted quickly and intuitively – not worrying about what it will become.
Just beginning and background – here’s the start.
… and at some point I sketched in the bird shape, horizon and foreground with oil pastel,
got carried away with painting, doodling & pattern and forgot to take record any more stages, until –
And that was him finished. ( I really like those wee colour sample doodles I did on the left – I see spirals showing up in some future paintings.)
The finished article… but what kinda bird is it?
I think the original sketch was of a gull looking out to sea.
For now he’s my fantasy sea bird and I’ll be hoping to spot him standing on a rock one day soon.
Original sea bird painting in acrylic & oil pastel on stretched canvas, measuring 8 x 8 inches.