Progress on “The Rain Dancer” (WIP)
November 12, 2009
It is taking time – painting feathers is really a time consuming “job” but it is also entertaining and I am learning a hell-uva-lot about the consistency of feathers and how you can interpret them in colour. It looks in fact so simple but I realized it is quite tricky especially where you don’t have much different shades because the feathers are all white or all grey. The contours seem to disppear yet it is necessary to show their fluffiness and make them look 3-dimensional. Otherwise the whole painting looks completely flat.
Although I am working from a lot of photographs here I have realized that you need to know the bird, you need to actually see how the feathers grows and in which direction the bird can puff them up. I am watching Pete now since nearly 2 years and he surprises me again and again. And I am enchanted by his lovely plumage which he always keeps in utmost care and beauty.
And while I am observing “our” pijjies closely I have realized that the birds can make very well different face: Pete f.e. sometimes makes a funny face like in this protrait because he loves showering, sometimes he looks sad and depressed (especially in bad weather) and sometimes he looks really content – when he can take a sunbath.
This is defitnitely his funny face:
There is still a lot of work to do and I try my best to really show his lovely plumage…