Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bluebird of Happiness

                                             ©Deborah Melmon

With all the work getting ready for Surtex, I missed 6 weeks of my watercolor class that I take on Tuesday nights. I'm finally back at it and here is my latest attempt that I finally finished last night. Initially it was just going to be a study as I wasn't painting on high-quality paper. But as I kept working it, it started to take shape and it seemed like a waste to repaint it. So I finally finished it! I like painting birds. May have to do another one. :o)

12 comments:

bitki derman said...
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lil kim said...

wow, gorgeous! can't believe that is watercolours, it looks more like oils. great work!

Chickengirl said...

that is GORGEOUS!

Heather said...

Beautiful bird. He has so much expression.

Edrian Thomidis said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors and composition

Phyllis Harris said...

This is SO beautiful! Blue birds are our state bird in Missouri and I have only seen three my whole life and that has been just this summer. Maybe as I age I notice things a bit more. ;)

Phyllis Harris said...

btw, what paper did you use? You must have an amazing scanner! If you don't mind sharing, what scanner do you use?

Deb said...

Hey Phyllis...thanks for your comment. Got me thinking about bluebirds. We have the Western bluebird here in California and I see alot of them up behind Stanford University where I walk in the morning. There are alot of nesting boxes for them on the golf course too. You must have the Easten Bluebird in Missouri which looks almost exactly the same as the western as far as I can tell. But there is a mountain bluebird too which has a blue breast! Very pretty.

I did that painting on an Arches watercolor block so the paper was probably 140 lb. prestretched. My watercolor teacher really would rather I work on Arches 300lb. paper as it's easier to work the color. But I was lazy with this painting thinking it was just going to be a study.

My scanner is an Epson Perfection 4490 which has worked really well for me. I got it a couple of years ago when publishers started asking for digital scans. I had been using an Epson Stylus RX500. What a huge difference!

Phyllis Harris said...

Thanks Deb for all the info! I have one more question...sorry! Is that cold press or hot press? I don't see any texture...maybe your scanner is just as good as the 'ol drum scanners!

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! :o)

Deb said...

It's cold press. I can see some texture on my screen if I look closely. I always press down on the lid of my scanner to get a really tight scan so no light seeps in around the edges. I also adjust the contrast a bit too after I scan. Not sure if that has anything to do with anything :o)

Alicia Padrón said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!! This is stunning. So beautiful. Took my breath away.....

Caroline said...

Fabulous work!