Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pecking Away A Painting

Woodpecker, watercolor on Yupo By Meera Rao

Woodpecker 2, watercolor on Yupo By Meera Rao

I heard and then saw the woodpecker rat-tat-tating away a few days ago while on my walk at the trail. I needed to sketch a woodpecker for a personal project and was pleased with my luck!  I watched him for a while trying to notice all the details and then took a picture with my phone as I had forgotten to carry my camera. Two days later we saw him again on our walk and managed a couple more photographs. 

For the top painting I lightly sketched the outline and did controlled painting. I layered wet paint, let it dry and the added more layers! I liberally used the spray bottle with just water and a tooth brush to splatter paint to  get the texture of the tree. 

No sketching for Woodpecker 2 - just free flowing watercolors on Yupo :) For texture I sprinkled some salt, sprayed a hint of rubbing alcohol and splattered with toothbrush.

As the quote by Coleman Cox states,  "Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts,”  I played with the paints trying not to overwork yet pecking away till I was satisfied! Now to decide which one I prefer! Or I may yet paint one more ;)


Katherine Thomas said...

I love the quote! I'm going to remember that. And your painting is wonderful. The story of how you came across him on your walk really adds to the charm of the piece, too.

padmaja said...

What a lovely quote and a lovelier painting, it is very cute, can her him peck peck!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Katherine :) yes, I love that quote too and I have to remember to keep pecking away till I finish what I start !

Meera Rao said...

Padmaja, Thanks! and today, I did not have to go on a walk to see him -- he was pecking away at a tree in our own yard :)

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