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A beautiful painting by Pat Richardson! Pat has developed her own unique style, which is loose and representational. This was done with acrylics and the strong colours immediately grab the attention of the viewer. Great job Pat.
The portrait I am doing of my three grandchildren is taking forever but I am slowly getting there. I am halfway through grandchild No. 2. I think the hardest part is mixing the flesh-tone colours again every time I sit down to paint.
Now that we have the eyes and beaks done, we'll move on to the head and neck. You can see the bony structure of the flamingo who is drinking. Dips are generally darker and bumps lighter. Add a dot of yellow to your purple shadows so they aren't too pretty. There also is a little bit of reflective light on the underside of the neck - it could appear a little green. Don't go crazy though.
Before moving on with more feathers, I thought we'd better get the eyes in and redefine the bill. I used a light lemon for the eye colour, then with a darker pink, surrounded the eye area to give it more depth. I then dabbed this lightly into the yellow for a more shadowy look on the eye itself. I dabbed a tiny bit of black just once on the eye for a pupil. With a clean brush I dabbed the black spot very gently to soften it. I darkened the bill with a deeper pink as it was looking a bit flat and finished the other flamingo with the same colours. Lastly I used the black to go over the bill and the second flamingo's bill also. Black tends to go a bit flat when dry - I usually have to repaint my blacks to make them darker.
With my eyes done, my flamingo looks a little angry!
With a mix of the Geranium Lake and Ultramarine Blue, I drew in all the feathers. I then proceeded to adjust them individually - widening some of the lines, darkening and lightening and feathering off. I then made a large mix of the light Geranium and brushed this into the shadows for a soft effect. While I had the Geranium out, I went over the bright, pure colours of pink.