My practice of birds continues. I was slightly less successful in that I only painted three days last week. But, hey, three is better than two.
Here's what I did.
This is a Grey-Backed Thrush.
I'm pretty happy with how the colors turned out. I'm getting better with my dry brush technique after I've finished with the wet. I'm still not in love with the eyes - although I have to admit that they look like the examples I'm studying from. I may have to develop my own style there. I'm not 100% happy with the branch, but it's OK. If I were grading it, I'd give it a B.
Yeeeeah. Not loving it. It's OK I guess but this one just doesn't appeal to me. I do like the shape of the beak but the rest of it just seems sloppy.
I got a little frustrated after the last one so I tried to be very careful with this pair. I paid close attention to their shapes - to the color bleeds - and to the drybrushing. And I'm happy to say that I LOVE this one.
Yanno, painting birds in this loose style ... well, sometimes it's just going to flop. And I have to remind myself that this is a completely new style for me. But when it works - oh man, it's really lovely. They're nice and light, just like a bird should be.
So I carry on ...
In other news: More snow tomorrow! Then Ice! On the news today they said that Connecticut had more snow than Alaska. I think we're all kinda sick of it now - but the sledding is still awesome!