In response to feeling a bit stir crazy from all the red ink I’ve been stippling on my Scarlet Macaw, I decided to take a brief break to work on a smaller project. I’m calling this piece “Butterfly Flowers”. It’s a drawing that’s actually drawn across two art cards. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of using two cards before but I find it to be a neat little idea to create a diptych piece on art cards. I may even try doing triptych in the future.
Anyhoo, I was in the mood for something that involved butterflies and flowers. This was inspired by a few tattoo designs and has a more design feel to it. I’ll get back to the Macaw when I finish this one but I have to admit, this was a much needed break, I was starting to resent that red parrot for how much work it required. Ever get angry at your own artwork?
Originally I had planned to just do the head of this Macaw in red and use my artistic license to do the feathers in black. But as I was finishing up the head portion, I just said, “Oh what the hell, keep going with the red.” It’s more work to stipple in color, especially when you want those colors to look vibrant. A lot of layering is involved but so far so good. Unfortunately though, this piece will probably take longer to complete than I’m used to. This will definitely be a test of my patience but I’m in it for the long haul. 😊
“No, this is not heaven, it’s Traverse City.” a sign read as we pulled into city limits. It was a bit of a bold statement but within two hours of taking a walk on the marina, meeting some locals and taking a drive on the Peninsula, I discovered just how true it was.
Last week my hubby and I took our last gateway for the year to the more northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. I’ve lived here for 30 years now and have never been up north despite the fact that it’s the place majority of residents go when they want to get away. So we made the trip to what I now consider to be Michigan’s “Wine Country” and spent a few days just soaking it all in. It was a lovely trip. The natural scenery was beautiful. The locals were friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious and if you’re into wine, craft brew and cider, Traverse City is definitely a place for you. The vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula are gorgeous retreats for wine tasting and a great place to just relax. Before leaving the Peninsula, Jon and I made our way to the 45th Parallel to see the Old Mission Point Lighthouse where I got this wonderful shot of the lighthouse that just might end up being a reference photo for my next drawing.
Since being back I’ve been stuck a bit in vacation mode so my progress has been somewhat slow on my Scarlet Macaw. It’s taking me some time to get the red as vibrant as I would like but it’s coming along as you can see in the progress shot above. 😌
When it comes to stippling in color, red and it’s various hues are the only other colors I really enjoy working with. Although I have done a number of other pieces using different colors, I admittedly have a preference for simple black ink. But with this drawing I’m opting to throw in my other favorite inking hue.
I’m just getting started on the first layer which will give me a base tone and then I’ll work in the shadows along with fleshing out some highlights where needed. I plan on doing just the head in red with the body being inked in black. So far things are looking pretty good. 😀
So I’m up and going with a new piece. While I was working on Goldfish, I had it already set in my mind that my next drawing would be a Macaw parrot. I like Macaws for their bright and colorful plumage and because of that I will probably add in a splash of color to set this piece off from my usual inking in all black. I did a little research on these beautiful creatures and discovered that they can live up to 50 years of age. I’ve been a cat owner for all my life, so I’m more accustomed to animals living up to possibly 20 years but no more, so reading about the Macaws longevity was a bit amazing to me. If I was into owning birds as a pet, I would probably get one. But although I like birds, I just don’t feel quite comfortable with owning one. Some animals I just feel are more beautiful when they are free. 😊