A couple pages from my sketchbook. I chose the birds in the upper left side for the subject of the painting.
The preliminary composition sketch(with an extra bird). I used Prismacolor pencils in the colors (sort of) from the mountainside (in the previous post).
This is the largest (serious) painting I've done since high school (it's 12" x 30"). I very much like small pics, and always resented the idea that paintings have to be big to be legit. On the other hand, some walls are big, and I don't always need to stay comfortable.
Obviously, the first step was coating the canvas with Cadmium Red, then painting the birds in with black.
I roughed in "shadows" with light blue, and added a sea green sky as an underpainting.
The warm oranges and yellows were next, and I warmed the sky with some glaze layers of yellow, to bring it up to the chartreuse of the just-turning leaves.
Kind of hard to tell in this photo (sorry!) but I added the red-violets I saw in the mountain rocks. Softened the sky and mountain with some glazes of white, then some ochre glaze over that. Last, a pure turquoise eye for the big momma bird. The painting needs more layers of glazes, and my signature.
I will post some details of the finished painting next.
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