The snow was preceded by freezing rain. The small amount that fell was enough to cover roofs roofs and cars.
Since then we’ve had more snow and now the ground is white.
I took the photograph from which I painted this scene a few weeks ago, after the first real snow. Only a few trees still had their colours. Two days later the snow had all melted. The leaves didn’t last much longer.
The last couple of days I’ve been walking, taking pictures of the fall colours. When I got back yesterday I went right back out with my watercolours to paint this view from my driveway.
I love this time of year when there is still some green among the yellows, oranges and reds.
I find black animals a challenge to paint. I took a photo of this Red-winged Blackbird a week or so ago.
I used Daniel Smith’s Goethite (Brown Ochre) for the initial wash of the bird as well as in the background. I’ve had this paint in my palette for awhile but haven’t really used it. It’s more black than brown, but I love the granulation. This version is pretty close to the photograph.
The Iguassu Falls Bird Park in Brazil is located beside the National Park containing the falls. I photographed these two macaws when I visited some years ago.
I chose to paint this photograph because of the angles the birds made with their bodies, tails and wings. In my photograph the birds looked grey and black even with adjustments to the brightness. The little bit of turquoise that I could see on one of the bird’s head as well as the yellow eye and mustache enabled me to identify them as Hyacinth Macaws. Further investigations on the internet showed their true colours.