Bird by Bird
One by one, our 3 cats crossed the rainbow bridge in 2022. So sad and hard; we miss each one of them so much! Over the months of being cat-less, word has gotten out to the birds. Our birdfeeder has become the "It Place" amongst the feathered friends. Fun to watch and learn and get inspiration from so I set up my tripod with a Canon camera and took a few (hundred). photos to reference for paintings.
Losing edges is another technique that makes a painting loose and painterly. It brings a softness to the subject and lets our marvelous brains fill in the details. It even seems to help tell the story by not giving all the information upfront. This sweet pair of doves pretty much live in our backyard now; coming and going and always coming back. Too big for the feeder, they forage below where our cheerful cardinals toss out seeds they're not as fond of. Do you see where the edges are "lost" and "softened"?
I love our little songbirds of the South, but my favorite of all is the delightful, sassy Carolina wren. Lots of lost edges is this painting. These wrens are spunky, bouncy, flitty wee characters. I'm sure I will be painting them again and again!
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Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...