Monthly Archives: May 2010

Lady Slipper

The Lady Slipper is in the orchid family. The most common species where I live is the Pink Lady Slipper – this year it is in abundance! The slipper orchid is rather odd subject for a Chinese Brush Painting since it’s key features need to be done with line work which is a great use for my fine detail brush. You may notice there isn’t much pink to my painting – I took some creative license with this one :)

Cheers!
Lady Slipper

Green Warbler

I am still in bird-land – probably will be for awhile now that our feathered friends are back. This painting is a warbler among some reeds. It was also done on the “cloud dragon paper” using sap green, cadmium yellow, burnt sienna and black ink. The brushes I used were my orchid bamboo, best detail, and mountain horse.

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Green Warbler

Swallow

This is the colored version of the previous post. I think he’s kind of cute. I painted this on some new paper, it is called Unryu or “cloud dragon paper” which is characterized by swirls of fibers running through it. It is wonderful to paint on but sadly my scanner did not capture the swirls or the translucency. In any case I’ll be showing off more paintings on this paper – stay tuned :)

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Blue Swallow

Compositions

More bird sketches…today’s slideshow includes birds in various poses and a composition for a future painting. My hubby says the bird in the composition reminds him of a bluebird. I think I know what color this little friend is going to be :)

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Smelling the Flowers Smelling the Flowers

Bird Feet

Even the smallest of birds has powerful feet otherwise they’d all be like Woodstock and fall off their perch in a light breeze :) As part of my study to improve my bird paintings I’m focusing on individual parts of their anatomy. Today’s sideshow includes poses for bird feet.

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Posed Bird Toes