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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Painting Water On New Cormorant Painting

Painting Water on my new 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.

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Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle In The Kodar Mountains

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.

Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains – here is a close up of the Golden Eagle.

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 Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains - For my palette, I always use a small pane of glass with white paper beneath it.
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains – For my palette, I always use a small pane of glass with white paper underneath.
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains
Painting Feathers on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains – this photo shows the Golden Eagle painting in the Kodar Mountains with just a few minor details remaining before completion.

Here are similar posts for painting feathers on a curlew and painting trees on the same curlew painting and my post on painting talons.

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

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle Gouache Painting

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.

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.

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork -Here is a close up of the completed highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork -Here is a close up of the completed highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - You can see a fifty fifty mix of the grass with and without the highlights.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – You can see a fifty fifty mix of the grass with and without the highlights.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - Less of a close up.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – Less of a close up.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork- As it looks within the entire painting.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork- As it looks within the entire painting.

Consider these posts on how I painted the feathers or painted the talons on the Golden Eagle.