First in a series of watercolors I did this summer. Again, mostly one a day although I tweaked them for days afterwards. Painted on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper (my favorite). Winsor & Newton watercolors, and Winsor & Newton Series 7 Finest Sable brushes. (Worth the price, last for years.)
Spent days hanging around nurseries in Aiken, SC with my camera. When the sun hit something just right I snapped away. These paintings are made up from several reference photos and imagination. Changed values and background colors to make them work. I'm really pleased with the shadows on white in this one. Mixed alizarin, ultramarine blue, and a touch of raw sienna. Worked in many (many) transparent layers.
Last of shore bird series. I find it helpful to paint a string of paintings with the same content and style. These were all painted one day at a time. Same format, same subject, bird and water, and same size.
Laughing gull on Seabrook Island, South Carolina. Painted in July after family reunion.
Under painted with yellow ochre, and used limited palette with ultramarine, alizarian, burnt umber, and white. Lemon yellow with white to give highlights a hint of sun. Used larger brushes in an attempt to loosen up. Completed in about three hours.