Here is another San Francisco painting, this one was given to me courtesy of my sister. She captured such an amazing image of an albatross with the most beautiful golden sunlight on it. It looks so large and proud, enjoying the morning sunrise.
Like all of the watercolors I've been doing, this was drawn with a fine black permanent pen before it was painted. I have been pushing myself to draw this way and I feel as though my confidence with drawing is improving. Oddly enough, it forces me to be loose instead of erasing five times to get that perfect line. It is what it is!
I painted this photo in January using watercolors here, and wanted to see if I could accomplish any of the same things with oils and my palette knives. Not sure I could. In the photo there is more variation in the green behind the butterfly and flower. I did some underpainting, and let it peek through a bit. When I try to get a few different greens going, no matter how close they are, it starts to look like sponge painting--that is not the look I'm into. Instead I kept the background thin and layered the paint more thickly in the flower and butterfly.
It's hard to believe that I waited as long as I did to paint an elephant with my watercolors. This one was done in my moleskine journal. I love the soft easiness of it. The chickadee was also done in my journal.