Got Juried In at Kalamazoo Nature Center!

I’m excited; I just found out today that I got juried in to exhibit at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, which shows some wonderful art by local artists. Their head curator sent a very nice letter, letting me know she will be contacting me soon to make arrangements for an exhibit.

So, time to get the paintings all ready; and to go pick up a few of my bird paintings from some places they are being kept at.

Hopefully, by this summer, any of you that live in Michigan can go and see some of my art on display there.

Birds of Michigan: Mallard Ducks

I’m back to painting my first love, birds. Here is a pair of mallards. I loved working on the detail for the female. The background has some glare; I’ll upload the scan of this painting once I get a chance to.

"Mallard Ducks", part of the Birds of Michigan series of oil paintings

“Birds of Michigan: Mallard Ducks” 11 X 14 original oil painting by Yeshua’s Child Art

Palette used: water: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, titanium white, burnt sienna in varying mixes; pthalo turquoise and yellow ochre added for reflections. For male duck: ultramarine blue, phtalo green, sap green, yellow ochre, cad. yellow light, dioxide purple, burnt sienna, lamp black, tit. white in varying mixes. Female: burnt sienna, burnt umber, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, cad. yellow med., tit. white in varying mixes.

Canadian Geese: Lesson – How to Paint Reflections

Lesson in how to paint water reflections, using "Canadian Geese" from the Birds of Michigan series by YC Art Studio

Birds of Michigan: Canadian Geese, oil, 16 X 20 (c)2014 YeshuasChildArt

I finished the painting of the Canadian Geese, and decided to break this down into a lesson in how to paint reflections.

First the paints: I use Winsor and Newton artist grade oils. For this painting, the palette I used was: ultramarine blue (deep); burnt sienna, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, cobalt blue, black, titanium white, cad. yellow light, and sap green.

How I created the water reflections:

1. First, I blocked in the main (medium value) water, using mixes of the blues. It looked like a big blue square of varying shades, with the geese lightly sketched in with burnt sienna.

2. Next, I blocked in the geese main colors.

3. I waited a day for the canvas to dry. This is important, for the glazes to not mix in too much.

4. I then mixed my blues back up, with varying amounts of titanium white; I also added just a hint of pthalo green to create a pretty cerulean. I then took a medium sized brush with a fine point, and “swiped” this glaze lightly over the deeper blues. I then took my deeper blue mix from the previous day, to reinforce the darker parts of the waves.

5. I let the water dry for another day; and worked on the geese. When dry, I then painted in the reflections, remembering that light colors reflect darker, and dark colors reflect lighter on water. I created a mix of burnt sienna, yellow ochre and cad. yellow light in varying mixes for the highlights; and burnt sienna and ultramarine blue for the darks. The final highlights had a hint of titanium white added to the light mix, and were added sparingly. This all took time, to glaze lightly over with a small brush.

6. Once the geese and water were done, I then finished the background. I added a few reeds for interest; with several falling over and pointing to my center of interest – the geese.

I hope this is helpful! I would love to see how others approach this as well.

Birds of Michigan: Canadian Geese (in process)

I love Canadian geese. Here is my latest in my “Birds of Michigan” series; it’s the painting with the geese and reflections almost finished. There was a ton of glare in the photo of my painting that I took; I don’t have a polarized filter, so I tried to blacken in the necks of the geese to make up for this problem. Otherwise, the other colors are the same:

Canadian geese by YeshuasChild Art Studio (c) 2014. 16 X 20 oil painting.

Canadian geese by YeshuasChild Art Studio (c) 2014. 16 X 20 oil painting.

I have the foreground and geese pretty well done, except for some fine details; I plan to work on the background, and possibly add some reeds from a photo I took last summer of the lake. I have to admit it: I love water, reflections and birds, so this painting let me have a ton of fun!

Birds of Michigan: Robin

I decided to tackle a robin. He turned out okay, but I want to work more on the background. Here’s the start of it.

Robin,original oil painting of Michigan bird

Birds of Michigan: Robin, original oil 11 X 14

He’s a hungry fella, and is busy eating a bug as robins like to do. I enjoyed creating a bright light atmosphere around him; I wanted the feel of a sunny day. The feathers in the front were a mix of cad. yellow deep, orange, cad. red light, and alizarin, with shadows in ultramarine blue and alizarin. The brown and gray feathers were a mix of burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, black and hints of yellow ochre, with varying mixes of titanium white. The grass was a mix of sap green, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, and white mixed in.

I’ll finish the background this week. It was fun doing a sunny painting, since it’s been cold with snow on the ground outside.