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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Red-Breasted Nuthatch bird paintings (diptych) using pastels...SOLD!



I purposefully positioned the male and female on this diptych to face each other while the shape and angle of their bodies and the tree trunks continually lead the eyes to each painting, harmoniously joining the two together (at least that is what I hope to have accomplished).

Nuthatches are acrobatic little birds, often seen going headfirst down a tree trunk or branch looking for food. Breeding pairs are monogamous which means they mate for life.
As you will see from the reference images below, this time, I really broke free from being a slave to a photograph (or two)!  Since I wanted to paint a diptych of a pair of red-breasted nuthaches in breeding plumage, I sifted through my own reference photos and found a suitable one I had taken of a juvenile red-breasted nuthatch (photo on the bottom right).

I had a composition in mind but none of the photos I had taken were suitable for the second painting... my problem was that I did not have any nice downward-facing poses of a  nuthatch.

Then, one day, almost by accident, I found the perfect pose while reading my blog roll! My dear blogger friend, Carol Blackburn, graciously agreed for me to use hers as a guide for my painting (even though the bird she photographed on the left below, was a white-breasted nuthatch)! 

So, as you can see, the female bird has undergone quite a transformation and even changed specie! As for the male bird, he has transformed as well, just not as dramatically...he is all grown up on my painting...the little guy on my photo was not quite mature yet and had not developed his full coloration!






12 comments:

marc calvo said...

Congratulations for the pictures Colette!.

john said...

I love the delicate touch that you have incorporated for these lovely birds.

Colette Theriault said...

Thanks for your comments Marc and John!

Carol Blackburn said...

A perfect pair in every aspect. And, thanks for sharing the reference photos, too. :)

Colette Theriault said...

Thanks again for your photograph Carol!

Peter Brown said...

A great result Colette!

hmuxo said...

AMAZING, Colette!!!! They are finished so beautifully. Carol is a terrific photographer and the reference photos were perfect!!
I love how it looks framed!!!!

Colette Theriault said...

Peter and Hilda, so kind of you to say. Thanks!

Arturo de Miguel said...

Buen trabajo.
Saludos desde Asturias.

Ida M. Glazier said...

You really are amazing and you work so hard----with your heart. All of these wonderful works of art posted here are beautiful!! I can't say any more.

Colette Theriault said...

Thanks Miguel!!

Colette Theriault said...

Oh Ida!! your comments are very heartwarming; thank you so much!♥