6x6 Oil on Museum Quality Panel
I've learned a great deal this week from painting in a series. You become very familiar and comfortable with your subject. In this case, the color pallette has been fairly narrow for good emphasis on values. I think each one gets a bit better as I go. I am more willing to experiment once comfortable with the approach and subject. The compositional framework has shifted to a closer viewpoint. It has been fun to paint each one and I am far more relaxed than when I approached the first bird in flight. When I finished taking photos of these birds on the beach, they all quickly clustered in a frenzy around another woman on the beach - one whom they knew well because she had bread and because it seems this area of the beach is her home at night. I think of her when I paint the seabirds and wonder what happened in her life to bring her to this place. I am grateful and blessed, and humbled.