Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day #7 Blue Jay on Ice, 5x7, oil

Reference Photo
Goal – To paint ice on tree branches.
Blue Jay on Ice 5x7, oil
This photo was taken from my kitchen window after our ice storm in December.  Ice differs from snow because it is translucent with sharp highlights, much like frosted glass. I think my ice looks too much like snow.  But I said I would post my paintings, successful or not.

I reduced the number of tree branches, choosing only those that complemented the blue jay, making sure that the pattern and density of the branches didn't rob the bird of his importance as my focal point.  

This painting is sold.

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  1. I tried painting birds today and think your Blue Jay turned out way better than my Blue Bird ice or no ice.

  2. Thank you, Cindy. I'd love to see your painting. I'll look for it on Leslie's blog.


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