I’m long overdue for an update for this project. It’s moving along nicely and I’m enjoying working with the new Rembrandt oils colors that I purchased, as they have a far more creamy consistency with a higher pigment load than the W&N brand that I had previously been using, which could be very oily. They are more expensive than W&N but you get what you pay for and the difference is making my life easier. This looks like it’s rather far along but there is still so much more to be done. I need to model the lights and darks in the grasses a great deal yet; they are still only a refined underpainting and appear very flat. I want them to really look like a dimensional, tangled mess and that will require much more work. And I’ve only just started working on the bird. I’m hoping to capture the “business first” attitude that I remember from these guys; nothing is more important to him than finishing that nest and the viewer is but a rude interruption.
I’ve enjoyed working on these far less familiar species. Charismatic animals like elephants and lions tend to get more coverage and the finished paintings certainly attract more attention. Unfortunately, so many paintings have been done of lions and their ilk, they have become almost cliche. It’s time for the less notable but equally precious species to have their day in the sun.
Southern Masked Weaver; 14X11, Oil on Masonite.