View Full Version : Loon on Aquabord

11-24-2013, 08:26 AM
The message on the welcome page says that I haven't posted for a while, so I thought I would share a new work in progress with you. Started this one just a few days ago, 10" x 8" on aquabord from a photo reference by Alan and Elaine Wilson (http://www.naturespicsonline.com/) (one of my most favourite photos by then.... just really got my nerve up to try it and on aquabord to!)

First Step: (after drawing it out) - really just starting to paint in the under "reflected" colours of his (her?) feathers. I see lots of purple, blue, and green.


Second Step: starting to darken the neck here, using my favourite DS Neutral tint and lamp black along with all sorts of colours to keep it from being too flat. There is some DS Mayan blue, DS viridian green, DS purpite and a few others I think but I can't remember their names. Really my palette is a jumble of unlabelled colours that I just dab around until I get what I want. The beautiful thing of aquabord is it is so easy to lift a colour if you don't like it.


That's it for now, I'll be back later with another update.

11-24-2013, 09:55 AM
Was up north in Maine this summer and didn't get to see a loon at the lake we were staying at, but this looks great so far and will keep watching for the finish.

11-24-2013, 10:15 AM
This looks like a wonderful start!

11-24-2013, 10:37 AM
Nice to see you posting Madelaine. Reminds me of the Loon demo that ShelleyP gave at an Ontario Meet some years ago.


11-29-2013, 05:17 AM
This is already looking beautiful, Madelaine. The feathers you've done are already shining.


11-29-2013, 05:23 AM
Hi Madelaine, A great start. Really like the way you're blending the colors. Do you find that painting on aquaboard are hard on your brushes? I have two boards given as gifts and am somewhat hesitant to use. Also, how do you mat and frame when done as standard watercolor mat and glass seems unlikely?

11-29-2013, 05:57 PM
Hi Jan
I do find that aquabord is hard on brushes and I only use my cheap brushes on it. I love painting on it though!

I mat and frame the same, but have to add some additional support at the bottom so it doesn't slip. I'm framing a small one this weekend, I'll take a picture to show you.

12-08-2013, 02:43 AM
One word ..Outstanding.

12-15-2013, 09:27 PM
Sorry all for the delay in posting more on this painting, I ended up going to Ottawa for a week with work and been busy busy since then. I did manage to get a small aquabord framed for my neighbor and I took a couple pictures of the back to show how I do it.



I don't know if you can see the extra pieces of mat board that I put in to support the aquabord.

12-18-2013, 07:59 AM
Not painting as much as I would like theses evenings, but a little update today.


12-19-2013, 06:03 PM
beautiful so far. I'm scared of painting water so I've not tried yet, but I LOVE painting birds.

12-21-2013, 11:44 AM
Beautiful so far! I've never tried aquaboard, I'm tempted....