New Cormorant Painting – Painting 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

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.

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.

Painting Talons on the Golden Eagle

Painting Talons on the Golden Eagle. Here is a progress photo of the entire painting.
Here is a progress photo of the entire painting.

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. Details of the talons.
Details of the talons.
Painting talons on the Golden Eagle. Me painting the base coat of feathers.
Me painting the base coat of feathers.
Painting talons on the Golden Eagle. Robert Simmons Rounds, a Windor & Newton Regency Gold
Here are some of my favorite brushes: Windsor & Newton Regency Gold #1, Robert Simmons White Sable Rounds! #2, #3 and #4! Awesome brushes! Also pictured is my Italian made palette knife that I bought when Ronald Reagan was president (first term).

Painting Talons on the Golden Eagle