This post will focus mainly on these two parrots.
The process of painting these parrots was very similar to that of painting the second parrot in “Hey Over There” I used pretty much the same colors. I painted the whole thing with cadmium red, than went back over some parts with red, orange,and blue.
I think orange and yellow on the backside of one give it an almost glowy effect.
For the branch and rock, I used purples and blues. I thought it looked very bright and I wanted it to be more subtle, so I went over it with a grey made by mixing transparent mixing white with mars black, to tone it down. Transparent mixing white and mars black are both sheer colors, so they can be used as glazes, transparent washes of color, which let the colors beneath show through.
For very dark areas, I used straight mars black, thinned with just a bit of medium and some water. This would not work with colors like titanium white or ivory black, both of which would either cover up the purple completely or make it look cloudy.
Lastly, I went back to the first bird and painted a shadow around him to give the impression that more light was shining directly on him. I did this by first laying down ultramarine blue. Then I layered grey made with my mixture of transparent mixing white and mars black over that. By the way, another white that can be used in this way, depending on what brand you use, is zinc white.
Like what you're reading? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter and get all my articles from that week delivered straight to your inbox. You'll also get a 10% discount off any purchase or commission from me of $100.00 or more, excluding bulk purchases.
Painter of portraits and wildlife