Sunday, 15 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #15

Hooray! We are halfway through the challenge! I have seen some wonderful art posted and have started following a few more blogs - all a bonus of the challenge. Check them out here - Leslie's 30/30 page

It has been interesting how many times this month one painting has triggered an idea for another. Yesterday, when I was coming up with a background for my quilled bird, I got a super idea for today's painting.
#992 - Mountain Chickadee - 5 x 9 watercolour
I wasn't going to paint the Mountain Chickadee as I thought he was a little boring but, sitting up there in the fir tree he just begged to be portrayed. There is a bit of paint pouring in this piece, some pen and ink work and some detailed brush work - a real mix of styles. I even lucked out and found a precut mat the perfect colour and size.

Unfortunately, nothing has come to mind for tomorrow's painting so it is back to the files for another idea.

Thanks for stopping by.


9 comments:

  1. I love the environment you put him in. It really accents the colors of the bird. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Joan. I am very happy with the background and think the whole thing turned out really well.

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  2. Love this Val :) I think everything is perfect, and how awesome you found a mat for him too! Such a beautiful scene, wonderful work!!

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    1. Thanks Sheila - it is so nice when everything comes together!

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  3. Talk about a little bundle of energy and personality, our chickadees fill the bill. When we first lived in North Carolina they were one of the first birds to our on-the-ground feeder. They were so brave and didn't know they were little. I really like how you did the evergreen with just a touch of sky. Nice. Is 992 the number of paintings you have done?

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    1. Hi Nelvia. Our Chickadees must be more skittish than yours as most of the time they move so fast you barely see them. Glad you like the background and, yes, I have done 992 finished paintings since I started painting 20 years ago. I take photos of my work and keep files - I might be too anal to be a real artist - lol.

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    2. Actually I think keeping track is a good thing. Good to see where you have been and also what you have produced and currently have on hand. You will have to make a big deal when you hit 1,000 as I think that is quite the milestone.

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  4. I love the little bird, but especially the background-the needles on the tree...very realistic looking. Nice!

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    1. Thanks Laurie - I really liked this one too!

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