On Thursday, my father and I took his cute little yellow Jeep out for a bit of a ride. Its nearly 4 hours between North Bend and Twisp, Washington. But as I mentioned in my previous post, I have 3 art pieces showing in the Confluence Gallery and Art Center’s “The Beholden Eye: Concepts of Beauty” exhibition. Luckily, the weather was being kind and my father was excited to show me the Methow Valley. During the summer, he took place in a cross-Washington bicycle ride and he said it was beautiful out there. And he wanted to see what it look like in the winter. (Spoiler Alert: They have snow!)
The Columbia River was looking calm and sleek. Along one of the shores, there was a flock of what had to have been 3 million little coots bobbing the freezing water. We saw numerous bald eagles and even my first turkey vulture sighting in the wild. The Methow River was frozen over in so many places and it look like a winter wonderland. I especially liked seeing all the deer prints in the snow. Well, I assume they were deer prints or else they have very agile cows. We arrived at the Gallery, dropped off my work, and had a very tasty lunch at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery. Then we made the 4 hour journey back home.
Now why did I drive 8 hours instead of shipping it? Because they are huge. Each one measures 22×28 inches and the shipping costs would have cost more than time and a few tanks of gas. Besides, I like my dad and wanted to spend time with him.
So here are all three Bird Women together! They feature a Mallee Ringed Neck Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, and Plum Headed Parrot. Each one is done in watercolors and colored pencils. For this series, I kept with a limited palette, even if it doesn’t look like it. I started with a watercolor base for their skin and was more detailed on their hair, clothing and background. I used Daniel Smith’s Phthalo Blue Green Shade, Hansa Yellow Medium, and Quinacridone Rose and painted with a variety of Escoda Versatil Brushes. Those brushes are synthetic, and I’m a big fan of that. The skin, birds, and other general clean up was done with a handful of Colored Pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor, and Caran d’Ache Luminance.) I spent nearly 2 months working on these three ladies and I couldn’t be prouder of how they turned out!
So if you happen to be in Twisp, WA, check them out at the Confluence Gallery and Art Center!