Saturday, October 10, 2009


Just so folks know I'm still plugging away at my art. This was done from a photo of a macaw on Painting Friends (a Friday challenge) who was sitting on a bare branch, probably at a zoo. My daughter and son-in-law had seen wild macaws in Costa Rica on their honeymoon, so I used a tree from one of their photos so the bird would look more at home. There appeared to be moss on the branches in the photo and I liked that look. Didn't do much blending on the macaw--just some dry brush scumbling--but used a colorless marker on the leaves, making them look a bit smoother to enhance the difference in texture from the macaw's roughness. I think I'll go back in and erase the tip of his beak--he's looking pretty dangerous! (Although, when you think about it, they don't get their beaks clipped in the wild...)
Colored pencil, about 7x8".


  1. Beautiful blending of colors, Susan. Well done.

  2. Wonderfully done Susan. Like the idea of the branch.

  3. Susan, I would be very honored if you accepted the Kreativ Blogger award that I have awarded you on my site.