These photos show the progress of Sparrow (Monday’s In the style of…) painting. I started with an underpainting of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber ― I’ve fallen in love with these two colours because they blend together to make the most beautiful black (see the note below about chromatic blacks).
I’m a big fan of chromatic blacks (made using colour rather than a specific black pigment). It’s so satisfying to mix your own ‘black’ and achieve subtle variations of colour — it’s much more fun than simply reaching for a tube of Ivory Black (although I do that too). I’ve used both kinds of black in my little sparrow painting.
I got a bit carried away adding white to his feathers and ended up with a colour I didn’t like ― a sort of pale grey-brown ― so I waited for the unfortunate, dreary colour to dry and painted a more cheerful pinky-brown over it (see below).
I also made him a little bit fatter and a whole lot fluffier. And I still really like that strand of spider silk in the corner.
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6 thoughts on “A sparrow’s tale”
I love his eye’s life in them and I love that!
Like the idea of chromatic black mixing. The spider web strand IS perfect there with the light on it Anna .
One proper cheeky sparrow !
Thanks for sharing the progression of your painting. Beautiful! -Sharon
Thanks for sharing your process, Anna! I usually “cheat” by starting with a premixed black and adding color to it. Probably doesn’t achieve the same effect, though, and I’m sure it’s not as satisfying! 🙂 I love the milky, stained-glass look of your background. It is cool to see that take shape in the photographs!
Love these posts. Thanks for showing the process.
He’s lovely 🙂