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This season…actually, this week, today, this hour, this minute, is time to be thankful.

Winter Sparrow, original watercolor on Plexiglas, Private collection

Winter Sparrow, 7×5 original watercolor on Plexiglas, Private collection

Love and happiness to you and your family. I so appreciate your support, whether you commented, liked, followed me, joined one of my classes, purchased cards, prints or a painting. You are incredible and so appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you and enjoy your family, friends, and the holiday season!

Let me know if you need any last-minute gifts. Cheers!

Sarah

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For the upcoming mini show at Hood Avenue Art, a sneak peak of a painting in progress!

Quail in progress, 5x7 original watercolor on Plexiglas

Quail in progress, 5×7 original watercolor on Plexiglas

These little quail are usually clucking through our back yard, on their way to some important task. The male always perches on a rock or stump and surveys the progress of his harem moving through the grass. Love these quail.

I’m not sure what I will name this little gem. Comment if you have ideas on a title!

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Remember the animated movie, “Finding Nemo”? The entire time I painted this bird, I thought of the silly seagulls in the movie, saying over and over again, “Mine,” as they placed dibs on their next meal. Hence the title of this Thursday’s smally (my name for my little 8×8 watercolors). I took a pic of this seagull last year, while vacationing on the Oregon Coast.

Mine, original watercolor on gesso-covered watercolor paper, 12x12 matted, $50

Mine, original watercolor on gesso-covered watercolor paper, 12×12 matted, $50

You’ve gotta love his somewhat spacey expression. The textural blue background and rock he stands on is a great contrast to his smooth feathers and the lemon yellow edge hit by the morning light. Happy Thursday everyone!

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Mama duck gestured to the partially submerged log with her bill and nodded slightly to her many ducklings. “Hop up, youngsters, dry off, and practice your yoga stances.”

I was on my kayak at Hosmer and had been trailing her at a distance for a time, clicking off photos with my Canon SX50 Ultrazoom. I hoped there might be a hidden treasure in the photos when I viewed them at home. So I just kept snapping pics. The little ducklings stopped at a bank and fluffed their fluffy down feathers, organizing and preening themselves duckily.

It was by sheer luck, and much to my amazement, when the mother called to them and organized her little balls of fluff on the log, just for my photos. I was very close in the kayak, making slow, measured movements and holding my breath. After she gestured, they all hopped up. I sat, mesmerized, clicking off pics, and marveled  at how perfectly cute they all were.

I had taken about 20 photos before moving off and giving them their peace. When I got home, I combined the pics by selecting poses from each and aligning them just so for the painting. A little guy who had stretched out his leg became my focal point.

Photo reference, one of many, for Ducks in a Row

Photo reference, one of many, for Ducks in a Row

I painted the first wash quickly, deciding to use purple and quinocridone burnt orange as my two main colors, creating a somewhat neutral color palate with a strong horizontal line of dark value behind the ducklings. Since I wanted the small duck with his foot outstretched to be the focal point, I removed a chick to the immediate left to give him a little space. I had used liquid mask on all the areas of their highlighted downy feathers, to keep it sparkling white in the end.

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After the first wash of purple and quinocridone burnt orange

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the background yet, other than keeping it loose and letting it fade away. I stepped away from it and allowed it to dry, knowing I would relish adding detail to the little ducklings. While it sat, I ran across an article in a magazine illustrating little dots in the background. I knew it would work for this painting.

In order to finish it for my First Friday showing at Desperado, I quickly began working on it the morning of the show.

After I had painted the background and the general shadows on the ducklings, I removed the mask

After I had painted the background and the general shadows on the ducklings, I removed the mask

Once I had removed the liquid mask, I worked on each little duckling. I paid close attention to detail and softened the edges so that their down appeared fluffy.

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Duckling detail. I kept all the whites as pure background and painted the shadow area only

duck detail 3

I concentrated on keeping the downy feathers very soft.

I saved the last little duckling to the end, using intense color and fine detail in his form. I made sure to keep the background as dark as I could behind him and accent his little stretched out foot with a vivid orange hue.

Focal point

Focal point

The painting has rhythm, which I enhanced by keeping all their legs and feet very bright with an orange and red mixture, their colors about the same, and the top of the log completely white to connect them all together. The mother duck looks over at them, bringing our view right back to the small guy with the outstretched foot.

Detail of dot squares and texture in background

Detail of dot squares and texture in background

After the ducklings and their mother were finished, I addressed the background with the squares of dots I mentioned earlier. You can see in the photo below how textural this painting is, with the collaged squares of paper and the scribbles of gesso. I love the dot effect, which further illustrates the organization of the little ducklings.

Ducks in a Row, $450  original watercolor and collage on Plexiglas

Ducks in a Row,  16×20 $450 original watercolor and collage on Plexiglas

Early in the afternoon, I felt I had work still to do on the painting, but took it to the show anyway. It received much praise and commentary. There was plenty of discussion on the conversation of the ducklings and their mother. So funny! After looking at it all evening, I decided to leave well enough alone and announce it finished.

This is one of my favorite paintings. I love these little ducklings and feel it is a strong conversational piece. I’m happy with the suggestion of a background and the neutral color of the overall painting. Hope it puts a smile on your face as it did to the many people who saw it at the First Friday show.

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Camping last year at Laurance Lake near the base of Mt. Hood? Beautiful. During our stay, I took photos of our surroundings, some of which were of a resident eagle. The eagle rarely sat alone, as ospreys dive-bombed him every time he took to a branch overlooking the lake. I got the impression that they battled regularly over the fish. In fact, the eagle stole a fish or two from the osprey while we were there.

I’m on somewhat of a bird-painting kick right now, so I used the eagle photo for my Thursday Painting of the Week this week.

The Admiral, 8x8 original watercolor on gesso-textured watercolor paper with watercolor pencil, $50

The Admiral, 8×8 original watercolor on gesso-textured watercolor paper with watercolor pencil, $50

He is so majestic and commanding, “The Admiral” seemed a fitting title.

I love the intensity of his stare. He is truly a gorgeous creature. Hope you love it too. Happy Thursday everyone!

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Cactus wrens RULE in Arizona! And somehow, they seem to love to be photographed. They pose. “Over here! Yoo-hoo! Helloooo!” I managed to snap off some great photos one morning of a cactus wren outside the window, effortlessly hanging out on a tall grass thing. He glanced my way now and then to see if I had captured his essence. I believe I did.

Arizona Cactus Wren, 8x8 watercolor on gesso-covered paper. $50.

Arizona Cactus Wren, 8×8 original watercolor on gesso-covered paper. $50.

This colorful painting highlights his beautifully patterned feathers on an abstractly squared cerulean blue background, accenting his warm colors. Own it today! Prints available. Please contact me to own. I will soon have an Etsy site up for all the prints/reproductions, but for now, all originals and prints for sale through my site here, see below.

Happy Thursday, everyone!!

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Countdown to Valentine’s Day!  I think of many loves in my life on Valentine’s Day. My three beautiful boys. My husband of 26 years, my mom and dad. Siblings, friends and extended family. Bloggers, followers and fellow artists. There are many types of love. To that end, the final painting for the 4-week countdown to Valentine’s Day is symbol of love and friendship.

When I was in Arizona in January, I took a great photo of two thrashers on a rock wall. They were clearly a couple. One had a bit of dry vegetation in his beak, while the other looked on. Pausing for a conversation or quick assessment of their nest-building, they glanced my way as if to say, “Is any of our business your concern?”

I think she may have been saying to him, “Uhmmm…hello? You need to carry more than that each time or this will take us FOREVER!” But clearly, they had a job of building a home, and getting right to it. No messing around. There was a solid sense of partnership, of sharing the load and working together (-ish…I think he looked a tad guilty!).

Thrashers, 8x8 original watercolor on 300# paper. $50

Thrashers, 8×8 original watercolor on 300# paper. $50

Can birds love? Not sure, but there is a relationship here, a sharing of the load and a partnership. So yeah, I’m going to call it love. It seemed like it to me, and ’cause it’s Valentine’s season, everyone! Tell people you love them and Happy Valentine’s Day on Saturday!

Happy Thursday, everyone!!

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