|Winter Birdbath 10 x 12"|
|Winter Birdbath II 10 x 12"|
|Winter Birdbath III 10 x 12"|
|Winter Birdbath IV 10 x 12"|
Over the years, I've taken thousands of pictures of birds in the bath, in all seasons and all light conditions. I figured it was time to explore the subject in paint. These 4 paintings are all on gessoed watercolour paper mounted on birch panels. The palette that I used was muted and earthy as befits the little birds and the dry, winter setting. The hardest part was to separate them visually from their backgrounds; they blend into it very well. I relied largely on colour temperature and the judicious use dark accents to define the birds. Still, the fact that they could also be somewhat lost in their surroundings appealed to me because that's exactly how they are in the back yard.
I'm sure I'll continue to pay tribute in paint to these little clowns and the pleasure that watching them brings.