January 16, 2013

Flamingo #1


I've been painting just about everyday this past week. Living in Florida I see flamingos from time to time , they are as beautiful as they look. 
These were done 11"x14" on Arches c/p 140 lb. paper.
I use a mix of  raw sienna and a touch of Rose Madder, it gives a pinky, peach tone. Lots of water, .. Some cobalt blue for shadow and since I never use tube black it was made by a mix of Thalo blue, alizarin, and a touch of new gamboge. It gives a very intense dark. 
That dark can be adjusted to a greenish black or a warmer black by adjusting the ratio of the pigments.  But very little water.
BJ

16 comments:

  1. She is a beauty, Barbra, but would be covered in ice if here!

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  2. Love your colors and the eye is wonderful!

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  3. He or she would be covered in snow over here! Beautiful pinks! And the sunflower is wonderful too! Thanks for sharing your recipe for darks!

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  4. Absolutely stunning piece, BJ. I loved reading of your color choices too. Taught me a new thing or two here. You couldn't live in Florida and not have a pink flamingo, right? LOL

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  5. This is so beautiful Barbra - and you have the colour just right! It's gorgeous against that dark background :0)

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  6. Great to see that you are busy making such beautiful art.

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  7. He's gorgeous,such a graceful neck. love to you,Diana

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeous BJ and I'm impressed by that no-tube black. Inspirational!

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  9. I love the delicate pink color of the flamingo and the composition - the way his neck flows.

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  10. That's beautiful Barbra Joan, it looks so soft.

    I expect you know that you can get a similar intense black with Pthalo Green and Quinacridone Rose.

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  11. Thanks Keith , no I didn't but I do now !!!

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  12. A beautiful painted flamingo and all the shading is wonderfully done. Thanks for sending some warmth to the north. It's -22F today!

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  13. A beautiful painting! Love that soft pink.. Makes me wish I was in Florida enjoying the warm weather!! We're expecting some snow here in New York!! Let's hope they're wrong!! LOL

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  14. Dear BJ - From your northern buddy - thank you - she is beautiful - have never seen one in real life - must add this to my bucket list (LOL) Hugs Debbie

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  15. Barbra Joan We may have a puppy coming. I'm so excited.love,Diana

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  16. Hello Barbra Joan:) Your Flamingo is so beautiful. I love the softness en lovely pink. Great art! Take care:)xx

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