|This is my reference photo, taken by a woman with whom I work. I loved the pose, and the colors in the neck area. I had planned to work those colors into the background of the painting, but got swept away in a different direction,.|
|I masked the cockatoo and some palm leaves, wet the paper, and dropped in some aureolin, pink and phthalo blue.|
|I started drawing in more leaves, and masking them ...|
|... and totally lost the bright colors.|
|So I will try something else. The parrot will now be red. I am painting the shadows in ultramarine blue, and the parrot will be done in cadmium red. These are both colors I never use, so this will be interesting.|
|My color swatches - I had thought a thin glaze of phthalo green would be a good shadow, but the ultramarine blue actually looks better. The green was quite dull-looking.|
|This is a photo I found on the internet that I am using as a color reference only.|
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