This kestrel was the fourth painting I ever made, and the 3rd in a series of kestrels. The original is sold, but notecards and prints are available.
To see the process of making this painting, click HERE. You’ll see the mistakes I made and how I corrected them, and you’ll get to see where I felt the most sense of panic about perhaps not being able to paint it the way I wanted it to be. Thankfully, I don’t have so much of the fear, though I think the feeling of panic at the middle of a painting is going to just be the way it is. Now I can allow myself to feel it, and yet know it’s almost always going to work out alright if I keep pushing through it.
Brown sandstone, russet sandstone, charred wood, yellow sandstone, sassafras leaves, and purchased calcium carbonate. This painting was very early in my timeline and at the time I didn’t know how to get a good white from the creek limestone.
I char and ash bones to get black and white. (These colors were not used in this painting, as that is a technique I learned later).
Reference Image Credits
Photo by Terry Stanfill.
All of my prints are processed in house with a professional giclée art printer using archival inks. The paper is archival watercolor paper for high quality prints.
Notecards are 4 x 5.5″, blank inside, and printed on the same professional printer as my prints. Each are packaged in a clear bag with an envelope and the insert that tells the story of how I began my watercolor journey with Ozark pigments. All of my artwork is available on notecards, and you can mix and match to order a set of 5 for a discount. Sets are not individually packaged, but are attractively presented together in a box. Click here to find out more about notecard sets. (Will link when listing is live. in the meantime, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a set. I’ll invoice you.)
This artwork is not yet available as an NFT. If you’d like to mint one, let me know!
All of my paintings begin with foraging for rocks, bones, clay, or other pigment sources. If you’d like to read a little more about my life of foraging for rocks, read this post: She Delivers in Spades. If you’d like to see how the paints are actually made, read this post: Making Smooth Paint from Rock Dust.
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