Short blogging break….
Most of the orange grasses in the background were made by scratching through the paint (sgraffito) back to the orange undertone. I also scratched through in the water in several areas. My new favorite palette now is: titanium zinc white, cadmium yellow hansa (or light), cadmium red vermillion, quinacridone magenta, phthalo blue (new – I eliminated sevres blue), and ultramarine blue. I like the simplicity of just 5 colors plus white.
This is a small quick oil sketch I did some time ago. I’m thinking a big canvas with many repeating bird shapes might be fun…a migration theme.
That reminds me, a few winters ago, I was fortunate to travel to New Mexico to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. My husband and I witnessed thousands of migrating sandhill cranes, Arctic geese and other birds. The birds travel here and stay through the winter. When they come in to land or take off–huge numbers of them all at once–the sight is awesome. This is a magnificent place to visit if you are a nature lover.