Sunday, May 31, 2015

Painting of Peached Faced Lovebirds finished!


I just finished my oil painting of the "Peach Faced Lovebirds" for my client.  They are sitting in a beautiful wood turned bowl that he made.  These birds are also known as "rosy-faced lovebirds."

You can see the in-progress images of the "lovebirds" on my earlier blog post.  I had at first painted in the feet of the birds as if they were clutching the bowl, but we both decided that it was a cuter painting without the big ugly feet that these birds actually have.  

The birds were fun to paint and I think their personality came through in the painting.  It made me laugh often when I would walk into the studio.  I wonder what they were saying?

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Painting of Peach-Faced Lovebirds - In Progress 1

Here are a couple of photographs of some Peach faced lovebirds that visited my yard in Phoenix not long ago.  Scroll down to see more images of my painting commission in progress.

A Little info first.....
The rosy-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), also known as the rosy-collared or peach-faced lovebird, is a species of lovebird native to arid regions in southwestern Africa such as the Namib Desert. A loud and constant chirper, these birds are very social animals and often congregate in small groups in the wild. They eat throughout the day and take frequent baths. Coloration can vary widely among populations. Plumage is identical in males and females. Lovebirds are renowned for their sleep position in which they sit side-by-side and turn their faces in towards each other. Also, females are well noted to tear raw materials into long strips, "twisty-tie" them onto their backs, and fly substantial distances back to make a nest.

(There are many flocks of these birds that have settled in the Arizona desert)


At my recent show in Scottsdale, I received a commission to do an oil painting of two peach-faced lovebirds.  My client had taken a beautiful photograph of a pair of these lovebirds sitting in one of his cactus.  He also happens to make wonderful wood turned pieces of art.  

The idea was to paint the lovebird pair sitting on top of one of his own wood turned bowls.  I selected the bowl that I thought would look best with the photo I had of his lovebirds.  I did a few sketches of it and then got the go ahead to paint it.

Here is my initial sketch along with his bowl and image of the lovebirds....

Beginning the painting here....

I have already painted in my background in oil and allowed it to dry.  I then chalked in my design and  begin to paint the lovebirds.  It will take many layers to create the realistic look of the birds.  Paying close attention to the light and dark shadows in the bird feathers.





At this point I begin to do some of the detail in the wood grain of the bowl.  I also will begin to lighten up the background area around the vase.  

Tune in again in a day or two for more images of this oil painting in progress.

Barbara Rudolph

Click on images to see a larger view

Lovebirds in their "saguaro cactus condos"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

State Bird of Virginia - oil painting

The "Northern Cardinal"is the State bird of Virginia

This is a photo of my finished painting of the "Virginia State Bird."  I used part of a vintage map of Virginia in the background and painted the "bird" in oil over the map.  I also use one of the actual "state bird" postage stamps in the finished painting.  

Here are a few of my earlier "State Bird" paintings.....

Each "State Bird" canvas is 12 x 5".  I will be offering giclee prints of these.  You can see more of them on my website.

Barbara Rudolph

Here are some in progress photos...

The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.  (this info taken from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)