Sunday, 12 February 2017
I painted in the darks first with Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red and then the midtone shadows. The highlights are very light pinks, and very light blues - put a lot of colour into your greys and blacks so that they don't appear too dull.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
When painting eyes, leave the darks until last so that you don't muddy up the colours. I put in that lovely blue reflection first and worked my way outwards.
In this picture, the light is shining through the beak making the tip a little translucent. Don't add just white to make the beak lighter here as too much white tends to wash out the colour. I used Lemon to make the colour lighter instead.
Monday, 9 January 2017
I always choose my colours before I start to paint. I tried to match the parrot's colours as best I could. Unfortunately, there are no colours that compare with the Rainbow Lorikeet's beautiful plumage. However, I chose Ultramarine Blue and Permanent Blue for the blues, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange for the oranges, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Permanent Rose for the beak and lastly some Chrome Green Hue and Lemon for greens.
So these are the colours I picked out for the bird and will be the colours for a complementary background.
I dabbed in all the darks first in all the combinations of blue/green colours. I shaped some of these dabs into leaves and varied the shapes. Then I added some mid-tones of yellows, and lighter blue/greens. Lastly, to "feather" it all off, I chose the lightest colours using white and lemon.
With a dry, soft, wide brush, I lightly used a criss-cross action to go over the entire background, softening and pushing it back for that out-of-focus look.
I can always add more darks or highlights later after the bird is completed if needed.