Red-Tail Hawk

Midway through my crowdfunding campaign to expand the studio, one of my donors commissioned three small paintings for his home. The first is a red-tail hawk from photos he took on his deck overlooking the salt ponds on the edge of his property.

There is a hawk that comes down regularly to sit on the rail and watch him work on his writing. I took several photos of the hawk and the salt ponds to compose the final painting. (On a side note, I will be posting some collaborative work in the future, utilizing some of his poems in my paintings.)

I typically work in acrylics, although oils are my favorite medium. I do not like watercolors. However, that is what my client requested for his paintings. I have been working successfully with watercolor pencils for the last year, but not in the level of detail required to illustrate feathers. I was also unsure of my ability to capture atmospheric perspective in this medium.

In the end, the painting came out well, and the client was pleased with his hawk. The next painting in the series is a kingfisher.

Frances is a stay-at-home mom, community volunteer, and artist who loves all things old, living in the country and keeping chickens.

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