A sense of Movement.

My goal is to capture a sense of movement in my images, especially when it comes to birds in flight.   In this demonstration, I have painted the heron…..a bird I find fascinating, graceful and wonderful to paint.  

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To show too much detail is to lose the essence of moment.    Think about it….as we observe birds we don’t see every detail….what we see is movement in space. 

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Watercolour is the perfect medium to capture movement.    

In this instance I have used a mix of burnt sienna, prussian blue and some cobalt turquoise blue.    A little cadmium orange for the  bill. 

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When I am painting a moving subject, I try to imagine myself within the subject….almost as if I am flying with the bird or dancing with the dancer. 

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Given that this is painted on white paper….I have left dry white paper for the highlights.    After applying juicy paint to the feathers, I then immediately go in with a clean, wet brush and pull the paint out. 

This technique helps to avoid muddiness….and at the same time gives an element of control. 

In the finished image, I add a touch of the yellow from the bill into the rest of the paining…and also allow a little permanent white gouache to bleed into some wet areas.    I like the effect this provides. 

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‘Life is in a perpetual spontaneous movement.    If you cling to it you wont capture it and if you do not stay alert, you’ll miss it.’  Philippe Benichou

As always, I wish everyone a Magical Hummingbird day….Here are two hummingbirds dancing in a summer field. 

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A Bientôt

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