Miriam’s Art is pleased to release her Spoonbill watercolor sketch. It is an 8×10″ painting on Strathmore paper. The initial sketch and watercolor wash was done on a day of extreme anxiety and the actual painting of the spoonbill was done on a relatively calm day.
The beige, brown and blue of the spoonbill is beautifully reflected on the lake in this painting. The lake looks calm and flat. The foreground is the reflection itself and the background is the lake. Can you feel the stillness of the lake with this painting?
The spoonbill is a wading bird with a long flat spoon like bill. You can see the bill in the painting. The bird moves it’s bill from side to side while feeding. It is similar to the flamingo and is about 32″ long. The Roseate Spoonbill is found in North America and has pink coloring. The bird in the painting is not a Roseate Spoonbill.
The watercolor wash was done on a day that I had extreme anxiety. Demons from my past were haunting me. It stilled my mind to draw the bird and then to apply the wash. It calmed me to focus on painting although I was very anxious. I could block the demons out. Painting the bird on the next day was a joy. I was tired from the previous day of severe anxiety and it soothed me to paint in calm. I lost myself again in the painting.
I used Frisket to blank out the bird that I painted later. The watercolor wash is darker than any I have done before and I had to watch it dry to make sure there were no watermarks. The Strathmore paper is not the best. I use a better quality paper for my 16×20″ watercolor paintings. The Strathmore paper was repelling the water a bit. It was relatively easy to paint the spoonbill. The spoonbill is a shore bird.
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