Arlene Powers Bird Art and Discussion Site

Before I show you the newest WIP, a great BIG Whoooo hoooo!!! Ok, two of em! “Working Man’s Hands”, a charcoal in the Glendale Arts Council won an Honorable Mention! After the show, I will get a photo of it, but was in such a rush to get it ready for the show, there was no time left to photograph. Seriously, it was being framed at midnight, and had to be turned in at 9AM the next morning. And the second Whoooo Hooooo is for “The Raven” which made it into the AAG – ASU Gammage Show and is on the announcement postcard (along with three other art works). Guess who will be mailing out lots of post cards!!!! Now that all of the celebration is done, back to the WIP.
One of the wonderful volunteers at Liberty Wildlife, Allen Spencer, got a great shot of a Northern Cardinal and offered to let me paint it. He graciously gave me a copy of the file, which disappeared when my last computer crashed. This was over a year ago. I think I blinked again and another year disappeared! He was kind enough to give it to me again, so I have to get this done before another year gets by me! Between the shows going on right now, framing that has to be done(by yours truly), and friends who end up in the hospital, (you know who you are Kidney Beenie!) the blog has been just a little neglected. Hopefully we are now back on schedule.

 

SO even though we missed a couple of steps in taking photos, here is the present progress on the Northern Cardinal. The background wash was first – a very wet application of the greens and red. Then the leaves were added, some while the paper was still wet, then a few after it dried. The cardinal is being worked now, leaving whites for the foreground leaves. As this painting progresses, you may hear a few invectives, as it is a little noisier that usual around here. Willy, the macaw, is visiting my macaw,Loki, for a few weeks. They tend to get carried away and forget that they share their home with other parrots and three humans. Needless to say it gets quite loud when two macaws carry on a conversation. Where are those ear plugs?!?!?!?!? Loki, you DID NOT chew them up…….OH it was SUNNY……….Hey give them back!!!!……….CHARLIE…. uh…excuse me, think it is time for a trip to the store……HUH? What did you say?…….Sorry can’t hear a thing.

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