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water girl
09-28-2013, 01:44 PM
I bought some Uart 600 sanded paper at IAPS and this is the first time using it. The light color threw me at first. I generally paint on La Carte, either sand or light gray color. A few swipes of Nupastels on the paper, a little water and a brush and I had my underpainting. After the first day, I was loving it!
This is a California Brown Pelican, perched on the railing at the Oceanside Pier. There are few things that can make my heart sing than sitting at Windansea Beach, watching a line of 10 to 20 pelicans coasting along, close to the tops of the waves. Sort of like the Rockettes....one flaps his wings, then the next and so on. This is the first time I've painted one. C & C always welcome.


09-28-2013, 01:55 PM
Outstanding. Pam:wave:

09-28-2013, 03:17 PM
Lovely job Pam, I would have recognized the San Diego area in the background and the pelican is wonderful! Well done!

09-28-2013, 03:47 PM
Beautiful variation of colors in the feathers.
I love the "feet" too.
Well done.

09-28-2013, 04:31 PM
Karen, great job. Love the blues in the pelican.

09-28-2013, 05:37 PM
Totally adorable!

Equus Art
09-28-2013, 05:50 PM
Wow! Lovely colors! That bird just pops off the painting.


Charles Perera
09-28-2013, 07:13 PM
Karen, It is astonishingly beautiful. He dares us to move him if we can ....amusing !!! It was a sheer joy watching it.


Terry Wynn
09-28-2013, 08:34 PM
Wow, great Pelican portrait! What personality he has. Love him.


09-28-2013, 08:55 PM
great work!! i love him

09-28-2013, 10:14 PM

09-29-2013, 12:16 AM
What a wonderful character!

water girl
09-29-2013, 12:55 AM
Well, thank you everyone! I was wondering if he had enough attitude. I'm hoping to enter him a wildlife show.

09-29-2013, 03:57 AM
Wonderful work !
The treatement is very realistic.

water girl
09-29-2013, 05:03 PM
Thank you, Alain.

09-29-2013, 09:17 PM
This is lovely - pelicans are such comical birds :)


09-29-2013, 11:36 PM
Karen, he is gorgeous and you have obviously studied these birds. Wonderful job!

09-30-2013, 03:08 AM
Oh yes, he had tons of attitude! Great work Karen!

water girl
09-30-2013, 10:46 AM
Thank you Nicole, Jen and Ruthie!

09-30-2013, 11:32 AM
Beautiful work Karen. You've got the attitude, he really looks like he's saying that! Good luck in the show, I'm sure you will do well!

Donna T
09-30-2013, 04:50 PM
He's just gorgeous, Karen! I was in Encinitas last week and saw some of these guys flying over Moonlight Beach. They are so graceful in the air!

water girl
09-30-2013, 06:28 PM
Thank you, Chris!
Donna T! You should have called me.... :( ... I would have introduced you! While at Moonlight, did you check out Rhino Art Store or Swami's??? Did you see the Cardiff Kook (surf statue that the locals dress up for holidays)???

10-01-2013, 05:28 AM
Breathtaking! Good luck - I'm sure he'll be a stand-out.

10-01-2013, 06:01 PM
Oh I miss seeing those lovely faces. Did you ever catch the Nature series on the Pelicans in Australia? If not.. google it. it's worth it.

Since you asked for C&C, I'd like to toss in a thought...

If it were mine, I'd look at the background a bit more... Would all that detail be necessary since the look is the show stopper? Also... at such a distance (given the size of the palm trees) I think they'd be less clear - so lighter and softer... (This is when photos tell too much information sometimes).

Also... check the horizon line...

I don't like to give C&C unless it's asked for and I hope you know I offer it with the understanding that you hold the sticks and the final decision. Barb

water girl
10-01-2013, 06:40 PM
Barbara! I asked, so yes, thank you for your observations and comments. An extra pair of eyes are always welcome. It is not matted and framed yet, so I'm happy you reminded me about the horizon. Your comments are always respected. I'm sorry you're missing these guys. They are spectacular in flight, comedic on land.

10-01-2013, 08:59 PM
We can see them as far north as "Oregon" and they don't look natural without palm trees.

Do me a favor and look at this in the mirror to see if there is anything else that shouts at you. It's my favorite tool so I'm off to go get mine right now...


10-02-2013, 01:26 AM
Wow! fantastic!

10-02-2013, 11:33 AM
VERY NICE. I loved watching these birds. I spent many hours watching them doing whacky things while I was in the Navy Hospital.

10-02-2013, 01:44 PM
This is great! Love how you did the feet and how they fold over the edge of the railing

10-03-2013, 11:58 PM
This is wonderful, Karen! There's definitely a story here.

water girl
10-04-2013, 02:06 PM
Thank you for taking a look and commenting, irmaleo, Bill, Ron and Randy. I still waiting to hear whether or not he got in a wildlife show.

10-05-2013, 06:42 PM
Outstanding work, you deserve to get into the show.