Our island is getting bigger and this is why!
Here is a painting I did some time ago, but because these birds are soon to be released into the wild I thought I would give you a glimpse of one that is in the captive breeding program at Keahou, Hawaii.
This is a pastel painting about the white-tailed tropic bird. It lives pan-pacific and in Hawaii often nests in inaccessible cliffs walls in volcanic craters.
Now at Honolulu main State Library where the Pastel Artist of Hawaii has their show.
Please add your comments about what you see in this.
Here I have continued to add in the darkest color of the waterfall and more of the mid-tones while trying to keep the fluidity of the water and the interesting swirls of lighter colors. Sometimes I barely touch the surface with the side of a pastel to get “broken color.”
So this is on Pastelmat paper. I used alcohol to fasten on the two dark corners and give it an area where no white showed thru then keeping in mind where I want my whitest whites, I bega to put in my darkest water colors with pastels. The topic is Huka Falls, New Zealand.
When painting whiskers I try to start at the thickest part and with one confident stroke continue to the end. It usually is not effective to try to go back from part way down the whisker, so that is the technique.
So we had a hurricane and Internet connectivity issues, now I am able to show the next step where I work on the fur to get it to look furry with the sheen on it.