Monday, October 26, 2015
My third Oil Painting
Lately I've been going through my old "Birder's World" magazines, cutting and saving the photos that I really like and throwing the rest away. It's a way of reducing the volume of old magazines that I've been holding on to.
As I go through those old magazines I realize that I have whole lifetimes' worth of source materials there at my fingertips. I found so many of the photos inspirational, but I especially liked a series of three different kinds of swallows. I have a sentimental attachment to them.
There was a pair of barn swallows that used to nest on the stucco wall outside of our family room every year and they were a joy to watch.
None of the three swallow photos I can across were barn swallows, but this little cliff swallow has very similar coloration.
At our last Placerville Arts Association meeting, Victoria Brooks, who is a wonderful oil painter whose subjects are most often children, demonstrated for us. It was so timely for me as I am just beginning this medium. I took note of and liked many of the things she said, and I'm following her method in several ways - but more about that next time.