Friday, 4 April 2014

Gang Gang Cockatoo

Berrydelicious
 Watercolour on 
300gsm paper on museum grade panel 14" x 18"
I fell in love with a photo of this gang gang cockatoo I saw on facebook by photographer Tim Corbett and was so pleased he allowed me to use it. This is a pure watercolour and I don't know if it is because I painted it after doing the sheep mixed media piece but I so loved how beautifully the paint glided over the paper. It may also have been due to the paper being glued to a museum grade panel which had an unsuccessful work on it. I painted it out with thick acrylic paint and applied a couple of coats of gesso and was going to paint on that. I have been wanting to experiment attaching a blank piece of watercolour to a board too so decided to use the panel for that instead. How pleased I was as I tried it for this watercolour. Maybe the joy and ease of flow had something to do with it remaining completely flat. Anyhow as always there are so many variables its seems near impossible to consider it will be like this next time. Maybe I should stick with one thing and do several works using all the same ingredients to test all this out but I am always so keen to try out something new to me. The background has been textured using clingfilm and then I just hinted at real foliage around the bird. Colour palette of Winsor Yellow, Prussian blue, Scarlet Lake, Winsor Red and Alizarin Crimson. I will be adding a wax varnish to this so it can be hung without glass either frameless or with choice of frame.

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous work Lorraine, thanks for giving us the details of your process!

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  2. You seem to really love experimenting which most of us are scared of. Thanks for sharing the details. Happy painting.

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  3. Wow Lorraine, this is a real stunner, love how you painted the bird and the background is fabulous too with those berries here and there..a real success ! Experimenting pays :-) Wish you a nice weekend.

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  4. Wowee. Absolutely love this and that red is singing to me. Gold star

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  5. Your control of aquarella is so good Lorraine! The bird just comes out of the painting. A new favorite of mine. :)

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  6. The red just pops and makes this bird so real. With your beautiful texturized background, this is a great composition. I just love how you paint animals!

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  7. No glass is perfect for this stunning art work!
    It 'exciting transmigration of the techniques and how quickly everyone can find their own vision and doing new things, at the same time maintaining coherence. Congratulations for this wonderful parrot.

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  8. This is lovely!!! I love the textured background and the bird. The reds in various spots really lead your eye around and back to the bird.

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  9. Oh this is beautiful. Your colors, the soft background very breathtaking. The colors really contrast too...makes the bird just stand out.
    Also thank you too friend for stopping by and keeping me in your thoughts. I sure appreciate it. Take care and have a great week-end.

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  10. I love the fresh colors, super work!!! The texture is perfect as a background providing interest without taking away from the beautiful bird. You have a great ability with animal subject matter, I can see how you love them!

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  11. kind thanks everyone for your comments. I seem to have had a varied time with my painting subject and types the past week or so, I am not sure where to go next.

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  12. This is certainly a favorite Lorraine! Just fantastic parrot, colors, background, values!

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  13. This is really stunning Lorraine! The background is divine! (having just done a disastrous background I appreciate even more how wonderful yours is!!) It shows that you were in the flow while painting this!
    I have just been catching up on your blog and marvelling at all your beautiful work. The tractor is fantastic as are the magnolias! Keep them coming!

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  14. lovely feel to this one lorraine !

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