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.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – It’s that time of year. The time for the St. Augustine Art Association’s Nature & Wildlife Exhibition. After missing the 2017 exhibition, I am very happy to have a painting in this year’s show. To ship my artwork from my home in New Jersey to St. Augustine, Florida, I used the MasterPak Box. I’ve found it to be a very reliable and reusable box for shipping delicate artwork. The MasterPak box features three layers of foam with a puncture shield just inside the cardboard of the box. The center foam has perforated square that allows the artist to tear away just the perfect shape square or rectangle to give the artwork a tighter fit inside the box.
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle – The photos in this post shows progress on the head, beak and the feathers of the golden eagle. In the near future I hope to have video of this process since watching a video of something being built or created is much more satisfying than merely seeing a progression of still photos.
When painting the feathers, I used a variety of colors warm and cool colors from Windsor & Newton Designers Gouache brand. For the warm colors Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Brilliant Yellow, Orange Lake Light with Burnt Umber and Jet Black as a base. For the cool shadow colors, I used Primary Blue, Pthalo Blue and some Permanent White. Regarding brushes, I used a Windsor & Newton Regency Gold Series 540 #1, Robert Simmons #2 White Sable Round 785 Series and a few others.
There is a video you can watch on YouTube here.
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 Talons on the Golden Eagle
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – This post explains how I painted the grass in the shadow and the grass in the sunlight using gouache paint that is waterdown and a thin liner brush.
All paints used are gouache. I began by painting a base coat of black. Specifically, I used Jet Black from Windsor & Newton. Jet Black is generally the most opaque and cooler of Windsor ∓ Newton blacks. Ivory Black is not as opaque and warmer in color than Jet Black. For the base (darkest) grass color I mixed Permanent Green Deep, Jet Black, Permanent White and Pthalo Blue. Because I’m painting blades of grass with a liner brush (Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #1), I water the gouache paint more than usual. This allows for thinner paint strokes which is what you need when painting thousands of blades of grass.
Painting Grass in Gouache
Finally, I add the highlights to the grass. These are the tips of the blades of grass that the sun hits first during sunrise, or last if it’s a sunset you’re painting. For the color of the highlights, I mix Cadmium Yellow Pale with Permanent White. If I want to give the impression of an early sunrise or late sunset, I’ll add orange or a red to the highlight color. Oranges and reds or more prevalent before sunrise or just after sunset.