Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"BIG BIRD" 88/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Big Bird" was a sweetie as far as roosters go.  He was Mary Logsdon's sister's pet kid...until the neighbor's dog ate him...sigh...SO, it is for this reason that I loved painting this pet kid!  I also hear Big Bird loved his back scratched!  Now tell me they aren't like dogs! lol  I REALLY loved painting this bird.  He was like a fauvist animal from the get go...I strengthened the color in Big Bird to really emphasize the fauve in him!  I don't know why, but there is mostly purple in the dark colors in Big Bird, but they always read as blue.  Either way, the darks are good for contrast and would look good blue or purple, but I have to say this so you get an idea.  The green in the background is like a Granny Smith apple green...a little yellowish green, but it looks great with this bird!  As with some of the other animals I have painted if there is a larger amount of background (negative space) I have added a bit of a honeycomb stamp into the oil to give the impression of pattern...it makes the background subtlety more interesting.  In this instance it reminds me of chicken wire! FUN!  "Big Bird" comes ready to frame or can sit on an easel as the example shows. 

Here is Big Bird!  
I feel like the color is best shown here...except still more purple for bottom darks!  Easel was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

 Maple Floater Frame can be purchased at pictureframes.com
Maple CFS10
 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3
Black Floater Frame (my favorite)
CF1

HAPPY CREATING!

1 comment:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love the gold framed version because it pulls the gold out of the honeycomb pattern and yet the bold colors of the rooster holds its own. Perfection!

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