New Cormorant Painting – Painting Water

Water has been added in front of the mountains and in the foreground. Painting Water
Water has been added in front of the mountains and in the foreground.

Painting Water Cormorant
Watch this video on YouTube on how I paint the reflections of the mountains in the water.

Painting Water on the Gouache Cormorant Painting – In an effort to make my paintings more friendly to doctor’s offices, nursing homes and hospitals, I decided to replace the poisonous vipers with a pair of cormorants. Black vipers were a great subject with all their shiny scales. However, a poisonous snake is never a good choice of subject matter for an up and coming wildlife artist. Like the viper, the cormorant is dark colored and the symmetry of their feathers will not be a lot different from snake scales.

The Great Cormorant

The Great Cormorant is a large duck species that dives underwater for very long periods of time to catch fish. If you’ve ever watched a cormorant, you have seen that they swim great distances when underwater. You’ll watch them go beneath the surface of the water. But they will resurface somewhere else very far away from where you saw them go below the surface of the water.

Painting Water

You can see the pencil drawing of the original black vipers in the foreground. Painting Water
You can see the pencil drawing of the original black vipers in the foreground.

In the photos and videos linked here, you’ll see how I painted the water that appears in front of the mountains. For the water immediately in front of the mountains, I use a darkened color of the mountains. Next I use Jet Black to paint everywhere else on the board where water appears.

Painting the reflection of the mountain in the water using a Regency Gold #1 540 Series liner brush. Painting Water Cormorant
Painting the reflection of the mountain in the water using a Regency Gold #1 540 Series liner brush.
About to mix water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette. Painting Water Cormorant
About to mix water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette.
Mixing water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette. Painting Water Cormorant
Mixing water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette.
Using a 1/4 Robert Simmons oval wash in this photo. Painting Water Cormorant
Using a 1/4 Robert Simmons oval wash in this photo.
Using the Robert Simmons 3/4 oval wash and Jet Black gouache paint. Painting Water
Using the Robert Simmons 3/4 oval wash and Jet Black gouache paint.
From this angle you can see the paint is still wet. Painting water Cormorant
From this angle you can see the paint is still wet.

St. Augustine Art Association Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018

St. Augustine Art Association Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – On Saturday, July 21st, the St. Augustine Art Association held the reception for their Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition. I had one painting, my Golden Eagle in the Kodar Mountains on display and was able to meet with several successful artists who gave me great advice and shared valuable information. Also, I would like to thank association president Diane Bradley, Elyse Brady, Jenn Flynt and the entire St. Augustine Art Association staff for putting this show on every year. For me, there is nothing like this art show in the New York – New Jersey – Philadelphia area and I’ll gladly make the trip to St. Augustine from New Jersey every year that this show is held. I was fortunate enough to have my work selected as the cover art for this year’s brochure. Unfortunately, there will be no Nature & Wildlife exhibit in 2019. Next summer, STAAA will be holding an art show featuring the artwork of former patron Jean Wagner Troemel but the Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibit will return in 2020. Here are are some photos of this year’s show and America’s Oldest City, St. Augustine, Florida:

St. Augustine Art Association Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - The entrance to the St. Augustine Art Association.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – The entrance to the St. Augustine Art Association.
St. Augustine Art Association Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - My Golden Eagle painting on display.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – My Golden Eagle painting on display.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - My Golden Eagle painting on display with other artist's paintings and photos.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – My Golden Eagle painting on display with other artist’s paintings and photos.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - Artists, photographers and guests enjoying the reception.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – Artists, photographers and guests enjoying the reception.

St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - This year my work was lucky enough to be chosen for the brochure cover.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – This year my work was lucky enough to be chosen for the brochure cover.

St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - A view of Marine Street.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – A view of Marine Street.

St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - A view of Marine Street.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – A view of Marine Street.

St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - The entrance to the St. Augustine Art Association at night.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – The entrance to the St. Augustine Art Association at night.

St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - A carriage on Marine Street.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – A carriage on Marine Street.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River and the Bridge of Lions in the background.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River and the Bridge of Lions in the background.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 - The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River with the Bridge of Lions in the background.
St. Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – The St. Augustine waterfront with the Matanzas River with the Bridge of Lions in the background.

To read about how the Golden Eagle gouache painting was created from pencil sketch to finished signature, please refer to this series of posts.