I needed to shift gears today. I have done a few waterhole paintings but none with this much clarity and detail. I was excited about introducing the helmeted guinea fowls into the mix with their bold patterns. I like the format of the waterhole paintings, with the solid gouache "pools of water" combined with the detailed and washy animals. It introduces an interesting textural contrast.
I've been hard at work developing a series of paintings that involve more complex compositions. I chose three birds that inherently have intricate patterns to pair with layered surroundings, hopefully evoking a sense of wildness.
Throughout the week I've continued to dream of warmer days. I noticed today my pallet has shifted to lots of greens. With both of these paintings I tried to work with cool and warm shades to create an interesting contrast.
P.S. If you've never heard of or seen photos of the eagle owl, here is a video to give you a taste. They're pretty darn cute!