Friday, March 28, 2014


I recently started this painting after realizing just how beautiful these hawks are. Quickly grabbing a piece of matboard (because I couldn't find any of my smooth watercolor paper) and over the course of an afternoon, I slowly and carefully drew in the bird paying special attention to the proportions of the head, bill and eye. The complex patterns of the back and wing coverts took some time to understand so I was extra careful there. A pale warm greyish wash followed and was allowed to dry before adding on any details. Next I'll start laying in some color concentrating mostly around the head.

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