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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cardinal on Honeysuckle - Day 28 of the #jan30in30 Challenge

Cardinal on Honeysuckle by April M Rimpo

Cardinal on Honeysuckle
Fluid Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped and Varnished Paper
8" x 8" X 1.5"

It may be hard to believe but I started this painting on one of the indigo gray background sheets I created for the yoga poses.  I thought the texture would create a great backdrop on which to start this painting. At left is a photo from an early stage of this painting. I had applied just a small about of blues and yellows to see how the foliage would look on the gray background. The cardinal was in early stages of development and looked more like a female cardinal than male since I had not yet applied the Permanent Alizarin Red.


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    1. Thanks, Rolina. I just love working on these backgrounds. I guess having something already on the page is freeing.

  2. Just beautiful April, I love all the white flowers :)

    1. Thanks, Sheila. We have honeysuckle in our yard along the edge of the woods. It was fun putting the bird in the bush.

  3. April - Thank you for explaining your process. It's amazing to watch the early stages to the finished painting.

    1. I always like to read step by step description. Glad you liked it too.


I look forward to hearing from you. - April

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