|'Home' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
What is a marsh without birds? A beautiful landscape to be sure. But part of what makes a marsh so special is the life it contains. Birds, crabs, fish....they all add to the sights and sounds of the wetlands. I love to paint the marsh but it occurred to me that I rarely include any signs of life. My marshes are deserted. They need a hint of this hidden world.
So today after finishing this march painting I decided to add some life. I needed a white bird or some kind of egret or heron. But how should I go about it?
|My painting with a few of my bird photos for review|
What kind of bird should I paint? Where should he go? I decided I wanted my bird to be hidden in the grasses perhaps somewhere in the foreground. I took out a few of my own bird photos. Since I print them out as small contact sheet size photos it was easy to line them up and visualize how they might look. I knew I didn't want my bird to be too detailed....just a hint.
I chose to put in a snowy egret....my personal favorite. I mage a small mark of pale blue for the shadow side of my snowy and then a mark of a pale yellow (almost white) for the sunlit side. I use a small piece of Girault pastel to paint the orange and black beak. I painted in some more grasses to hide him better.
|close up of my white bird!|
This is the marsh I know and love! I think I like a little bit of life in my landscapes!
What about you? Do you paint only pure landscapes or do you like to add signs of life...either animal or manmade?