Sunday, April 27, 2008

GYRFALCON STUDY

The gyrfalcon is my favorite falcon and I have done a number of studies of this most impressive bird. All this work led up to the completion of a large oil that was exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and is now in a private collection. In this study though, I was after something different and wanted to show something of the bird's character in a more relaxed pose. Done in watercolor on smooth paper, I first washed in the background over a relatively detailed drawing - some of which you can still see at the bottom of the painting. I stuck to two or three basic colors and worked from the head down using thinner washes as I did. I like this somewhat simple composition and faded out appearance, and feel adds something to the work. I don't do as many bird paintings as I used to but still enjoy the challenge from time to time. This painting (also in a private collection) is 15" X 7 1/2".

2 comments:

Sam said...

Very nice work. Is it for sale?

Sam
Wyoming

Jeremy Pearse said...

Thanks for the comment Sam, sorry this painting sold last year but please feel free to contact me offline (jp@jeremypearse.com) - I would be happy to arrange a commission for a similar piece. Thanks.