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Thursday, 26 July 2012

A splash of colour


Rainbow Lorikeets from a photo by Carla Whelan

I'm always thinking of what subject I'd like to paint next - and have usually got too many ideas on the go at once, and not enough time to do them so many subjects remain on the to do list!! - but since delivering Cali and Charlie's  portraits off  I've been itching to paint some colourful birds.  Why you may ask?   Well Gary's mum (Cali and Charlie's owner) has a parrot, some love birds and some kakarikis and their beautiful colours made me want to get out those lush, vibrant pigments sitting in my palette which haven't seen the light of day for a while.  Then last night while I was blog browsing, I came across this wonderful blog Matteo Grilli Wildlife Art from Australia - this particular post showcases the beautiful  Rainbow Lorikeets. Now I love my garden birds and the birds that populate this country but the thought of having these colourful specimens populate my garden - now that would be something!  All I seem to be getting lately is pigeons and magpies but that's another story!  I painted these Lorikeets back in March along with many others who painted from the beautiful photograph that Carla posted to Paint my Photo.  I just loved painting with those gorgeous colours, so when I get my new batch of watercolour paper - from a trip to Ken Bromleys tomorrow yay!!!   the brighter pigments will be on the agenda.....I've not been to Ken Bromley's before and have got birthday money to spend - all on art supplies, I'll be like a kid in a sweet shop .... happy as a pig in muck .... or a dog with two tails .... you get the picture?

Anyway that's it for today - thank you fellow bloggers for dropping by and reading my ramblings, please take time to leave a little comment - there's none of that word verification nonsense here ....... hugz xx

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful and colourful birds! I love the 'blooms' in the background!!

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  2. Love the bright colors in this, enjoy your shopping spree today!

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    1. I did enjoy my shopping spree Maria - a new batch of watercolour paper, Bristol board and some inktense blocks !

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  3. Lovely work and I do like the vibrancy very much. I have been looking through your posts....some gorgeous work. I hope you enjoyed Greece as much as I did, it was lovely to get away to the sun for a while...at least we saw lots of butterflies which were a bit lacking here.....

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    1. Hi Chrissy good to see you here - Greece was brilliant although the weather wasn't great!

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  4. Gorgeous painting! I like the way you have defused areas, perfect (-:

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    1. So glad you like it Ann - thank you for commenting x

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  5. Wow - stunning work.
    Have enjoyed looking back through your blogposts, you are multi-talented :-)

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    1. thank you for popping in Sue and for your lovely comments, have a lovely day x

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  6. What beautiful, bright colors! Loving this with the very wet and loose background :)

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    1. Thank you - it is lovely working with vibrant colours - have just bought myself some inktense blocks to practice with - really looking forward to trying them out!

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  7. What beautiful parrots! I like these bright colors and the composition too! Ciao!

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    1. Thank you Tito - lovely to see you here again - the composition is down to the photographer Carla - I really liked it too

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  8. BEAUTIFUL parrots, Sharon!! The colors are so incredibly rich ! Perfect!

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  9. You are so clever, I love the colours with those fine white 'specks' . The eyes really make them come to life.

    Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you John - good to see you here again, have a lovely day

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  10. You mentioned birthday and rushed on facebook to see when, so I could give you my wishes properly. Couldn't. No matter the when wishes are wishes, right?
    So Sharon, happy-happy birthday!!!
    Love the Rainbow Lorikeets, the colors are beautiful!!
    Enjoy your shopping. Hugs.

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    1. Aah bless you Konstantina - my birthday was back in June - I bought some watercolour paper, Bristol Board and inktense sticks which I've wanted to try for a while now

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  11. What fanny parrots! What colors. I like them very much.

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    1. Thank you Eva, lovely to hear from you x

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  12. Really like your bright colourful version. There are ring necked parakeets living wild and growing in population in London so wait a few years and they may end up in your neck of the woods too maybe... :-)

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    1. That would be good - I don't get a great variety of birds in my garden - I used to where I used to live but not in the new place - Gary gets loads though - Jays, woodpeckers, bullfinches and even a buzzard! Lucky thing! I'll just have to make do with pigeons, magpies and sparrows!

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  13. Has pintado una acuarela llena de color y encanto, me gusta el fondo integrado con la imagen de los pajaros.

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  14. Lovely handling of brilliant color and a fun subject as well! I know what you mean about the excitement of buying new art supplies - nothing else compares for us painters! :)

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    1. Thank you Susan - yes it's great buying new supplies, can't wait to get painting again!

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  15. Such vibrant birds! I especially like the one on the right because it seems so alive in its pose - midsquawk, I think. I've looked back at several posts - I really love your dog portraits - masterful!

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    1. Thank you for your comments Dan and thank you for visiting, good to see you here!

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  16. Sharon. Lovely meeting yourself and Gary at Meresands yesterday..Very pleased that you saw your first kingfisher and of course it came on the post in front of the hide after you had left. Have enjoyed looking at your blog and your wonderful artwork.You are very talented and I wish you well with your painting and mountaineering etc. Take care.

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    1. Hi Brian - we knew it would land on the post when we'd gone!! - it was reluctantly we had to leave but had to get back - but I'm so glad I got to see it - it will be there on the post another day for sure! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and look forward to seeing your photos from the day, especially having been there to watch you take them, take care and hope to bump into you again sometime - watch out for those bogs!!!

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  17. Sharon, tengo noticias para ti en mi blog.

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    1. Muchas gracias - una grata sorpresa, estoy muy agradecido, abrazos!

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  18. Sharon tengo noticias para ti en mi blog,

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