This week I had the opportunity to fix a small painting I did a few years ago. My goal was to pull the harsh blue highlights out of the banana bloom as well as the leaf fronds and lighten the background to bring more attention to the perching bird in the foreground. The beauty of acrylic painting is the artist can cover mistakes with fresh paint! I have seen other artists do this and I thought I would have a go at it.
I love the bright color of the bird against the tropical background and thought the canary was worth bringing forward. I hope the little canary is happier now that he is the center of attention by making him the focal point.
Grey seems to be in the air lately and on my paint palette. I walked into a bathroom where I hoped to paint a mural. The tile was grey and white and the term grisaille came to mind. Grisaille is the French word for grey and is used to describe monochrome paintings often painted in grey tones. I admire the old grey works in history and hoped to get the opportunity try my hand at one.
The mural is a very simple mangrove theme with color applied to the butterfly, spoonbill and kayaker.
I paint murals from time to time and mostly use a bright tropical palette. I have to admit that I could get used to creating in this subdued single-tone background for my mural painting projects.
The spoonbill is the most prominent element in the painting. I’m so glad the homeowners commissioned me for the job. The mural was actually painted right around the corner from my own home. I got to try a new technique while getting to know my very nice neighbors!