Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Economy of brushstrokes...

These paintings all fall under "economy of brush strokes." I wanted to see how few strokes and how little detail was needed to capture the feel of the bird (I used no pencil marks either...just worked with the paint brush). The first in the series was the wren. By the time I got to the chickadee I found I didn't need many brush strokes at all to come up with a likeness...
(check out the date on the paintings. I wrote 1-2011...that's so me. At least I got the month right!).

Painting 212. Chickadee Light
(watercolor, cold-pressed paper)

Painting 211. Robin Redbreast
(watercolor, cold-pressed paper)

Painting 210. Northern Cardinal Aflame
(watercolor, smooth hot-pressed paper)

Painting 209. Carolina Wren
(watercolor, cold-pressed paper)

...more paintings for Laure Ferlita's 100 Paintings Challenge.
If you're an artist looking for a challenge, join up!

30 comments:

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Kelly,
Wonderful paintings!!
You can frame it and hang on the wall. Fantastic!!

Greetings, Marco

Toni Kelly said...

These are great Kelly. Love the simplicity.

Wanda..... said...

All your watercolors are great, Kelly. Little Wrens are a favorite of mine, but my favorite here this morning is the Robin, very special and just a few brush strokes. Love the look of it.

Dan Huber said...

These are fantastic Kelly. I often wonder when looking at a piece of art how so few lines and/or colors can give such detail and beauty. You captured the birds great. Love!!!! the chickadee

Sue said...

You have so much talent! I have noticed that the more I "do" to a painting, the less nice it is. I guess I'm on the right track....except ALL your paintings look wonderful. Do you give lessons-LOL?!?

Roy said...

Wow! That Chickadee is very Japanese. Great work!

Robert Mortensen said...

Cool idea and it worked splendidly!

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful, each and every one! There's no end to your talents!!

TexWisGirl said...

fabulous! just stinkin' fabulous you are!!!

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly ...Clever of you to come up with this concept ; }
I really like the chickadee and the robin, but they are all great!
I very interesting post !!

Grace

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Outstanding! You need to do a gallery showing.

Mary said...

Interesting technique....turned out great! I particularly like the chickadee.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I really like the simple style of these, and they most definitely look like birds! Nice job.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi, Sorry I haven't been around this week. We have bee traveling and taking more photos... Hope you are having a great week.

Great paintings... Love all of them --but the Cardinal caught my attention...

Hugs,
Betsy

Gillian Olson said...

These are beautiful. It is impressive how few strokes you have used and not only recognizable but drop dead gorgeous.

Elaine said...

You captured all the birds wonderfully with a few strokes. I love the Chickadee but most especially the Robin. Good work!

Roy said...

These are great Kelly. Just enough detail to provide an image that is quite an individual style.

ben said...

The chickadee is great.

Vickie said...

Love these, Kelly! Fresh and inspiring!

KAT said...

lovely !
-KAT-

Log Cabin Studio said...

Love the paintings Kelly,I love them all.I used one of your eagle photos for a painting and linked it back to you...thanks for allowing artists to use some of your amazing photos.
Caroline

Caroline said...

Love the top one!

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone for the wonderfully kind comments. These paintings were really fun. They took only minutes and helped me see things differently. I'd like to keep working with this style...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love the top one, but also really like your technique, very nicely done!

Marie said...

Love love love them! Especially the chickadee! I could use a course in minimalism. :-)

Sara-Bellum said...

Beautiful as always!

Marfa said...

The chickadee is beautiful...and you're so right, the fewer strokes are amazing...you really captured the birds!

I met your mom last month at the library book club and saw her this morning, she is so sweet. I hope to read the book "Ten Tea Parties", too. She told me about your blog and I'm happy that I found it!

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Hilke Breder said...

Masterly! Probably one of the hardest challenges for a painter.

Transformational Times said...

Economy of brush strokes takes true mastery. Love the first one. Thanks for teaching. :)
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Transformational Times said...

Economy of brush strokes takes true mastery. Love the first one. Thanks for teaching. :)
https://www.facebook.com/ehyodo