After a period of time away, I am back in the studio and onto my blog again. I did have a good reason for my absence though – my son got married to a wonderful woman last weekend at our home so I had a lot to do around here for the last several weeks. The house is straightened and the laundry is finally done, so I wanted to do something quick and easy to get back into the swing of things. I liked the reference photo of the little shore bird with his long beak and stilty legs. He is black and white, but I added a little brown in his shading and greenish reeds behind him to liven up the painting a little bit. I’d like to know what he is but I can’t find him in my North American bird book. Perhaps he is an exotic. I’ll have to look around at my next zoo visit in Indianapolis which I hope is very soon and see if I can identify him.
The palm tree was totally for fun. I have many photos from Florida with lots of palm trees in them so thought I might try to ink/watercolor one as a quick study. There are also lots of pictures of exotic flowers which present some opportunities.
All in all I am happy with today’s effort and am ready to get back to serious work again.