Sunday, March 26, 2017
Watercolor bird workshop
I recently had the opportunity to attended a watercolor workshop at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation by Leigh Ellis. Leigh paints wonderfully vibrant watercolors, many are natural landscapes or wild animals. This workshop focused on painting birds. Leigh provided us with many tips from her many years as a painter and naturalist. I was inspired by Leigh's teaching and the great paintings of the class members. I look forward to attending future classes Leigh has.
paint individual feathers, but grouped the feathers to define the birds shape. Some of painting is knowing how to let the viewer "see" what is not actually there. Distance, depth, 3D and even color are achieved by the combination of what is painted and what our brains perceive. For instance, the juxtaposition of dark and light colors provide the "shine" of the Rooster's tail feathers. Only one tail feather stands out, the one that is out of place. Maybe it was pulled during a scuffle in the farm yard.