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Contemporary bird painting “Be Yourself”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Be Yourself,” acrylic, 12″ x 24″ x 3/4″

“Be Yourself”  sold_dot sold
by Carolee Clark
12″ x 24″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I did a painting a week or so ago of three birds (budgies) called “Harmonizing” and really liked it so I wanted to do it a little larger.  Susan and Charley gifted me a 12″ x 24″ canvas which I thought would be perfect for a line of birds.

The name “Be Yourself” is a reflection of the one bird facing away.  He is acting a little different and looks a little different from everyone else.  I happen to think this is a good thing.

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Contemporary painting of birds “Harmonizing”

contemporary painting of birds by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Harmonizing,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

Harmonizing”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Contemporary painting of a chicken “Big Blue”

contemporary painting of a chicken by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Big Blue,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Big Blue”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

It is amazing how many paintings one can get from one site visit!  This is the fourth painting from the Boston Mill/Thompson Mill park I visited in late June of this year.  Although several of the landscapes were started on site, not surprisingly these chickens moved too quickly for me to paint them. I took some photographs and worked from those.

I was sitting on a low stool and this chicken came right up to me.  Even though I could have reached down and touch it I didn’t want to alarm the bird and have it turn on me!

Contemporary bird painting “Tuft Fellow”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Tuft Fellow,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Tuft Fellow”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

THANK YOU!
I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to see my work at the Clothesline Sale of Art yesterday.  I had great comments, sales and conversations.   I sincerely thank you all!

I know that some of you who live too far away would have liked to be there and wished me well.  Thank you as well.  It helps!

Contemporary painting of birds, “Sing Me a Duet”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Sing Me a Duet,” acrylic, 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″

“Sing Me a Duet”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
12″ x 12″ x 1.5″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

My friend, Donna, gifted me a “Yes!” canvas which is a very smooth canvas that accepts any kind of wet media.  Since I used heavy body acrylic paint in the manner in which I usually paint, the thing I noticed the most was its smooth surface.  I think that watercolorists that want to work on canvas would love it.  Perhaps I should have experimented a little more and used thinned acrylic to get a washy, watercolor kind of look.  Next time!  (Thanks Donna!).

 

Contemporary animal painting of an owl “Mouse Trap

contemporary owl painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “Mouse Trap,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“Mouse Trap”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

A few weeks ago Carol Marine brought to my attention the Morgue File, which is a database full of photos which can be used for free.  I am drooling when I tell you that there are some pretty incredible high resolution photos.  This is where I got the reference photo for this painting of this Great Horned Owl.

Contemporary bird painting “In Flight”

contemporary bird painting by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, “In Flight,” acrylic, 10″ x 10″

“In Flight”  sold_dot  sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″ x 3/4″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Can you believe that I found this bird on Google Street view?  When in Venice, paint the birds 🙂  Okay, it isn’t a high resolution image, but in this case I was happy to work with the bird shape.  At first I thought it must be a crow because it was all black, but its shape wasn’t right.  I think it is a pigeon.  Click here to see the beautiful scene I ignored in order to paint the shape of a bird.

As many of you know I often paint from Google Maps street view.  Google generously allows artists to use these views as reference for painting or drawing without copyright infringement.