I took a snapshot of our Bougainvillea plant that has survived the deer eating it to the nubbins last spring. My wife and I have nursed it back to life through the heat of this summer and are delighted to see the blooms. I have included bougainvillea in a couple of butterfly paintings and now considering how beautiful they would look in a dedicated work. But, as I see many prospects through my painter’s eye, I have so many things I want to paint… Maybe the Bougainvillea will be next… or not?
Springtime Fields was painted in acrylics on an 8 inch by 10 inch gallery wrap canvas with edges painted black. I was inspired to paint this road side scene along Highway 35 because of the beautiful bright yellow flowers growing in front of the cattle shed and round bales of hay lined up in a nice composition. I brought the scene closer to the viewer and planted more flowers in front of the fence line.
I didn’t know at the time I took the photo, to paint from, a customer and friend of mine owned the property. When she saw the painting on FB, she contacted me to purchase Springtime Fields. So social networking does work! I also want to say Thank You to Cindy for her purchase.
I was happy with the results of my attempt to paint a Sandhill Crane realistically and also to have it finished. The amount of detail in the beautiful plumage was a real challenge. The was done in acrylics on a 24 by 18 inch by .75 inch deep gallery wrap canvas with edges painted black.
Sandhill cranes are large birds with wing spans of six to seven feet and they stand four feet tall. They are migratory and live in fresh water wet lands. I found a lot of interesting facts about them on the internet.
The origin of this painting started last winter when the birds came south to Texas and other southern states. We (my wife and I) have been trying to get a good picture of a ‘sandy’ to from. On most of our photo shoots we are in the car a lot to scout the country side. Carolyn drives while I take photos. We finally got some good pictures of some birds near Van Vleck, Tx about five miles from our home. I picked a photo in which I was able to get close enough to get several nice shots of the bird . The photos were not the best because the Sandhills are easily spooked and I didn’t have a lot of time for framing and focusing with my long range manual lense. The bird was in a grassy field which made painting the background easier to paint.
I hope you like the painting. I had a great time painting it.
I finished a study of this Sandhill Crane today. It was a nice challenge to place a macro photograph subject with a realistic background which came out of my imagination. The marsh and pond with reflections worked out fine to push the subject forward. I want to thank my great photographer friend Gary for allowing me to use his photo for the painting.
The acrylic painting is on an 8 by 10 inch canvas with edges painted black. The bright red color of the bird’s head in this setting establishes instant attention. The darker pond added more contrast which required some use of color not in the reference and a small amount of reflected light to the edges of the bill. The reflections in the water is a nice touch for realism.
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