Tuesday, September 27, 2011

For the birds

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Kittiwakes. Acrylic on paper.

Just finished this piece, I took a photo of these two Kittiwakes a couple of years ago on Ballycotton pier.I tried painting them several times but couldn’t get them into context. I’m happy enough with this although I think  I’m going to put a few flying birds in the distance.

I have loads of scraps of acrylic paper in the studio, either students work or my own that didn’t work out, so I am using it up at the moment trying out different techniques and mediums. It’s only taken me 20 years or so to try “slow drying” medium with acrylics, what a dinosaur! This has encouraged me to use glaze medium and who knows what else in the future. I will post the results as they happen…or not. Open to ideas for other mediums.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Phil,
    There is something really nice about this painting that I can't put my finger on. And a few flying birds could just top it off nicely.
    It would probably take me 20 years to produce something like this if I started today.
    Stew.

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  2. Such pretty birds - you've captured them beautifully, Phil. Love the colours of the feathers against those slate blues and violets.
    Sue

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  3. Very nice composition and beautiful color scheme, great!

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  4. Thanks everyone for your great comments

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  5. Beautiful drawing Phil! The gulls look so clean and vivid..the textures on the rocks are amazing!

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  6. I love the subject, the colors, and the style you chose for this. It looks fantastic!

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  7. Wonderful painting! So, did you like the slow-drying medium? Do you feel like you would use it again?

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  8. Absolutely Raena, and thanks for the nice comment

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  9. Love the feel the black outlines give the painting. I agree that a few birds in the distance would really complete it.

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  10. I love this painting ... it evokes a sense of peace and tranquility in me. nancy

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