Painting Talons on the Golden Eagle – The progress has been slow but everything is looking good compared to 6 months ago when this painting was headed for the dumpster. Anyway I added the base coat for the feathers and realized that the talons and the branch that they were gripping needed to be completed before the feathers.
Finished the talons and will resume work on the feathers soon. Painting the branch and the talons gripping the branch I used some of my favorite brushes. My Windsor & Newton Regency Gold #1 Liner and several of my Robert Simmons White Sable Rounds, #2, #3 and #4! Great brushes! Also in the photo is my Italian made palette knife that I’ve had since the 1980’s!
Painting Mountains on the Golden Eagle painting (Живопись горы на Беркута живописи) – Now I will paint the mountains in the background that will be the Kodar Mountains (Кодар Горы). After painting the sky, I transfer the original pencil drawing onto the painted sky by way of a homemade carbon paper. Because I want the mountains to “go back”, and look far away from the things in the foreground and middle distance, I add the same blues from the sky to the colors of the mountains. This gives them that far away look like they are as distant as the sky.
For the dark sides of the mountains, I take the darkest shades of the blue sky colors, (cyan blue mixed with pthalo blue and very little white) and use these colors. For the sun lit side of the mountains, I take Windsor & Newton Cadmium Yellow Pale and mix it with some white and the lightest sky blue color (cyan with white). To give it an early sunrise or sunset look, add some orange. I believe the brush I was using was a Windsor & Newton #2 Regency Gold 520.
Painting Mountains on the Golden Eagle painting