|"Minty Magpie" 8x10 oil on Raymar cotton panel|
I have a magpie mind. I like anything that glitters. Lord Thomson of Fleet
I think many artists I know, including myself, are attracted to shiny things too! It's been week of artistic indulgences.as I've thoroughly enjoyed painting some of my favorite summer subjects. First sunflowers. Then birds. And the minty background color is an homage to my favorite summer treat--mint chocolate chip gelato.
|Artist Tres Taylor uses "house paint" for his colorful creations.|
|This Year's Cherry Creek Art Festival Poster--that dark background is tar paper!|
I’ve wanted to paint a magpie for some time but I just didn’t have any decent reference photos of them. Finally, a few weeks ago I spotted this magpie (which are related to crows and ravens) in the tall grasses near some fencing at the Cherry Creek State Park. I've read that magpies are one of the most intelligent birds and like how their feathers are a mix of dark jewel tones-- emerald, amethyst, and sapphire.
A few material and painting tips notes:
Typically, I prefer using paint right out of the tube. As I’ve mentioned before I tend to avoid solvents, petroleum based products, etc. as much as possible. (Healthy studio= healthy artist!)
Gamblin offers safflower oil based solvent free oil gel painting medium. So I tried a pea size amount in for this 8x10 study. The result? I liked it quite a bit-- No or little odor, very smooth and clear, and so far so headaches or sneezing like I tend to get with most mediums.