Best in Show Art Auction to Benefit Paws and Affection

Best in Show Art Auction to Benefit Paws and Affection - Bobwhite Quail in the Bog
Pen & ink drawing of a Bobwhite Quail in the bog.

Best in Show Art Auction – Paws and Affection is a charity that provides service dogs for children with special needs. On Saturday, September 14th Paws and Affection will hold the Best in Show Art Auction at St. Asaph’s Church in Bala Cynwyd, PA at 6pm.

I have donated 3 pen & ink drawings with hope that they will raise a lot of money for this charity. If you can’t make it to the auction and would like to place a bid on the art work, please visit this link.

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Painting Feathers on a Cormorant

Painting feathers on a cormorant with a liner brush.
Painting feathers on a cormorant with a liner brush. (Close up)

I am beginning to paint some highlights and shadows on the feathers of the first cormorant. Again I am using Winsor & Newton gouache paint with liner brush. For the highlights, I use Yellow Cadmium Pale mixed with Permanent White to make a highlight colors for the feathers in sunlight. Some of the darker highlight colors will have Jet Black and less Permanent White. For the shadow, I took Pthalo Blue, Cyan Blue, Jet Black and Permanent White to make a variety of shades for the feathers in shadow.

For the brushes, I used several liner brushes that ranged in sizes from 0, 1 or 2.

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Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting

Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting – I added a tree and some grass to my gouache cormorant painting. Using warm yellows for sunlight and cool blues and black for the shadows, I tried to give the appearance of trees and grass in the early morning sunlight. The sun is rising on the right side of the painting therefore the light is on the right side of the trees and grass and the shadows (blues) are on the left. When I paint the grass I use a dark gray or black base coat. From there I add a green with very little white or yellow mixed with it. The green goes on top of the gray/black base coat. Then I add the highlights which is a pale yellow with Permanent White mixed with it. Please watch the video to see how I paint grass using a liner brush with the colors mentioned.

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