How do you like me now?
6.25" x 7", oil on panel
When visiting my friends farm in Cache Creek a number of years ago, this Peacock was gawking at me thru the bathroom window. When I painted him again just a few days ago, I realised that it was not I that was the object of his affection, it was his own reflection.
The exercise of revisiting an old painting was brilliant in that I could see exactly what was wrong with the original painting in both technique, design, colour value and temperature and thus, how to paint it better. I have learned so much over the past 10 years which was very enlightening in and of itself.
For an artist, "back to the drawing board" is a good thing! For me, drawing is just so liberating and this time has led me to discover new techniques in charcoal.
In the spring when the rains flood the fields below our property, it makes nice ponds for waterfowl. The above peaceful couple were enjoying that exact scenario when yours truly with her camera made too much noise and the scene changed dramatically. A second charcoal rendering "Wild Goose Chase", depicts the ensuing cacophony and was the perfect opportunity to explore additional new charcoal techniques ...
These charcoals and a few oil paintings of Chickadees in my pyracantha are available at Gallery Odin.
We have an abundance of birds on our property, despite the feline population, and the chickadees are by far THE most curious and bold. Their antics and their perfect contrasting little cap make them a beautiful subject to paint. I am smitten and working on a flock of them.