Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Are we There Yet??? ... Two Works Finished - the Cockatoo and the Tugboats

I left the poor bird here ... just a mass of feathers.

I used quin. violet, burnt orange and indanthrone to mix up some blue/violet for the beak and feet, black for the eye, and a brown for the branch.

I then went back in with the ultramarine/pink mixture, and gave the bottom of her body some definition.

I used the same blue/pink color to start adding some definition to her head feathers ...

... and kept on going till she looked right to my eye.
                                                                 "Pretty on Pink" 
                                                     36 x 40 cm.

I also did some fiddling [another technical term, similar to fussing] with the tugs. I intensified the colors of the tugs, especially the closer one, and I added some shadowed reflections underneath it. I also did some wet-in-wet applications of the dark sea color in a wavy motion in the foreground. All these changes were at the request of my aunt, and I agree with her appraisal and ideas.

I've had several people ask for my definitions of some of those technical terms I used in the last post. Blorping is applying fairly concentrated pigment in a happy-go-lucky manner. A wubble is what happens when the water/pigment ratio is off. I tend to make my washes quite smooth, and when there is excess water, it starts to move the colors in an unexpected [and usually unwanted] way.

 I may not be posting or painting as much for a while. My aunt went back into the hospital on the weekend, and it doesn't look good. So it goes ...

Thank you all for dropping by!!


  1. The bird is fabulous, Kathryn! Thanks for explaining the technical terms! :)

  2. Amazing, I love these paintings!! kind regards

  3. I am so sorry, it seems I am a bit behind on your posts! But you paint so much I can hardly keep up! Your parrots are amazing! Such character too! And I'm glad you finally finished you boats... It has a lovely tranquil feel :0)

  4. sorry that your Aunt is back in the hospital

    love all the colours in the bird :)

  5. AND both finished beautifully Kathryn!! Amazing work!!!

  6. Dear Kathryn,
    I am so sorry to hear your Aunt is going back into the hospital.. I will keep her in my prayers.
    Your parrot is gorgeous! And I absolutely love the tug boat painting..

  7. Dear Kathryn, as always your works are amazing , the steam/ fog coming from the lake is incredibly real . Wishing all the best for your aunt. xx

  8. Oh Kathryn, she certain is beautiful! You did a wonderful job here!

  9. Very beautiful work and interesting informations !!!
    Have a nice weekend !!!

  10. Very good, I love the work with the boats! Arianna