Sunbathing - Barbary Dove (Landscape)


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My first attempt at mixed media. The bird is mainly coloured pencil, the window sill is gouache with pencil overlay and the black background is airbrushed liquid acrylic. This was both a pleasure and a challenge to complete. White subjects are all about keeping those shadows colourful! Employing the use of chiaroscuro (an Italian term which literally means 'light-dark'), I've deliberately placed the whitest part of the bird's head against the darkest part of the background.

White mutation Barbary doves are the ones that magicians use in their stage acts and are also traditionally released in large public ceremonies, weddings and funerals. These beautiful birds are certainly hard working! I love their gentle expressions, pink feet and delightful "cooing".


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