Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Balancing Act

I saw this gangly juvenile Tricolored Heron last June on (of course) Pinckney Island NWR in Hilton Head, SC. He was moving cautiously down a branch that had fallen in the water, flapping his wings to balance and never once letting his gaze move from the tiny fish swimming below.

Painting 131, Balancing Act - A Juvenile Tricolored Heron Learns to Fish
(Oil Pastel, 12x16 Sennelier Oil Pastel Paper)

I bought Sennelier oil pastels today with birthday money my parents gave me. I'm in love. They are so luscious it's like painting with lipstick...or creamy butter (yum). They glide across the paper leaving pure pigment behind and blend easily with a smudge stick.

19 comments:

Nicole MacP said...

Very cool!! I like how well you've captured his hesitation, and the contrast with the high energy background!!

Lois Evensen said...

Just wonderful. Did he catch any fish? I love the movement in your paintings.

Laure Ferlita said...

Wow, girl, love that saturated color—looks like you (and your subject) are having fun!

freebird said...

Super. I really, really love this!

Margaret said...

I will HAVE to try that brand!! I LOVE oil pastels. I will be at Hilton Head in a few weeks ... is this place public and worthy of checking out (not the younger kids, just me and my older daughter?)

Kelly said...

...thanks, Nicole. I was trying to catch that hesitation and nervousness! Yeah!!

Lois...he didn't catch any fish, but he studied them for a long time. He didn't fall. Eventually he went back to his nest tree.

Laure...I did have fun. I love those oil pastels. So creamy and the pigment is so pure!!

Timaree...thank you!! :-)

Margaret...it's public and a free park. You have to go. The rookery is probably just ramping up with the birds selecting and building their nests. I'll be so jealous!!! :-)

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly...Striking colors you used..very nice!
I'm trying to picture a bird of it's size inching it's way down this branch, to funny!!
Good for you...bought yourself a nice gift! : }

Elaine said...

This is so bright and colorful and beautiful!! Painting 31 for this year--you are way ahead of schedule. Last year you struggled, but it seems that this year you are having so much fun that the numbers really don't matter so much.

Montanagirl said...

That is so cool! You sure know how to capture the action on canvas!

Wanda..... said...

Lovely painting, Kelly. I appreciate how you managed to capture his stance and concentrated downward stare.

Chris said...

Your paintings do not cease to amaze me... Just another of your gorgeous artistic touch! Beautiful!

Carol Mattingly said...

Beautiful Kelly! Your new oils sound yummy enough to eat. Enjoy them. Look forward to more images from your recently FL trip. Carol

Kerri said...

Beautiful!

HBFG said...

Hey Kelly, I wish I could send you some spring flowers! Liebe Grüße!!!
:)

Warren Baker said...

That painting is better than some of my photo's Kelly :-)

....and that paints sounds good enough to eat :-)

Frank said...

Ooooh .... I can see you had lots of fun with the new spreadable pastels. Simply beautiful. FAB.

PS. I loved the compostion of the Sanderling in the previous post ... still waiting to see one this year.

Beth Niquette said...

I have featured your wonderful art and blog on FATuesday Artist Spotlight. I found you through Steven Hunt.

Your artwork just fills my eyes--which is the greatest compliment I can give.

Kelly said...

Grammie...thanks...it was comical to say the least!!

Elaine...I am so far ahead of last year. If I stick to the schedule I think i only need to be at 26, so hopefully I can keep up this pace...that will let me do a few detailed paintings.

aww thanks, mona! :-)

Wanda...thank you! That was Matty's favorite part...they eye staring down.

thank you, Chris!! :-) Glad to hear you are starting to feel a bit better.

Carol...thank you...they are! I did some more experimenting tonight with rich darks...pretty cool. My Florida photos are stacking up. I need to get on the ball and get them out! :-)

thank you, Kerri!!

Mischi...thank you! I drew some flowers tonight...if they won't come to me, I'm coming to them! :-)

Warren...haha! It is good enough to eat! :-) thank you....

Frank...thank you. It truly is fun to paint with these pastels. When I do a detailed watercolor, it's relaxing and I have to think a lot, but when I do pastels, it's all feeling.....color...and fun. More feeling than thinking. I like switching back and forth between to the two. (I have a lot more Sanderling shots too, Frank.)

Whoa.....cool! Thank you Beth. I'm heading over to check it out. What an honor!! Thank you so much!!

Kathiesbirds said...

This one took my breath away! I can see the intensity in its gaze! Love it!