This week I am working on my friend Kristin's dog portrait, so today I wanted to create a simpler composition... Of course, what started as a seemingly simple design became more difficult. When you have less to look at, what is there has to be that much more perfect ;)
The birds are Chestnut-Sided Warblers. Males have the signature color on their flanks while in breeding plumage. Warblers are known for their song that, as many people claim, sounds like "Pleased Pleased Pleased to Meet-cha".
Usually when a bird has so many color features, it makes painting them a little easier because I just focus on colors. But I had to rework this male warbler quite a bit. If I had kept him the original size that I painted, he would have been rocking major Bobble-Head Syndrome.
The background color looks similar to "Kissy Face", the Chickadee pair that I painted a few days ago, but I swear I mixed both colors from three different hues of red, white and blue... I really like both backgrounds of "Kissy Face" and "Hey Good Lookin'" so I'm going to make more with shades of this color family. More to come!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.