Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ostriches, the second

After coming upon me painting my second ostrich painting this week, Dan asked me, "Do you have a particular thing about ostriches?" I said, "No, about birds..." But the more I've thought about it, ostriches look like family to me. And then I remembered this poster my brother brought home when we were teens which showed a herd (gaggle? murder?--anybody know?) of ostriches, many with mouths wide open, which had as its caption, "When all is said and done, there's a lot more said than done. " It seemed to fit our family dynamic, and we were aware enough of that to find it funny. So, maybe I do have a long-buried affection for ostriches.

This image is of the canvas with its midnight blue under painting still showing in the shape of the birds, with collage all around. I had first drawn the three ostriches in watercolor pencil on the toned canvas.









Next, I began to detail the birds and fill in the background scene.







I will endeavor to work more on this today, plus I've prepared other canvases. Then, there are these couple of commissions that are lurking around. One is very fun--yellow peanut M &Ms. Man, I love my work!

6 comments:

Cathyann said...

Isn't it great to do what you love every day? I just love this one to bits already, Elizabeth....I like birds, too. These guys/gals have such personality!

Jean Spitzer said...

Thanks for posting some of the process. This is all stuff I know nothing about.
Isn't it weird how we make connections we aren't even aware of--like the ostrich poster and the family feeling?

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Woops, THIS one is my favorite one so far...I think! Can't wait to see them as you see as finished! I mentioned you on my blog today...:)

Jeane said...

these are wonderful - well, I mean the painting is wonderful!

Jo Horswill said...

Great...and they have character too!

Caio Fernandes said...

cool work