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?
I painted the Proud Eagle, on a 12 inch square canvas, with acrylics. The painting was done in layers of paint to create depth and even colors. I like to have a thoroughly painted canvas to prevent spots of uncovered canvas showing through. Impressionistic techniques were included to provide a base for the detailing work.
I used carbon transfer paper to get a simple sketch of the image on the canvas. Only an outline of the image and major features are traced. Including too many lines causes confusion. The eyes are painted first, because they are the most important feature in the painting. The eagle's beak is also a strong feature, and a focal point of interest.
I enjoyed painting the eagle and hope you like it also. Proud Eagle is a great piece of fine art for your collection or home decor. The painting is for sale at bartlettpairart.com/
Blessings My Friends,