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)
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THE IDEA

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.


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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

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Lovebirds in their "saguaro cactus condos"

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