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Caroline Henry Art Blog

Wyoming Magpie

by Caroline , October 8, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: animals, birds, color, nature, reflected color, shadow, watercolor

Magpie stands on a grassy lawn looking directly at the viewer. The azure highlights in its dark markings are picked up in the shadow. I photographed this fellow at Yellowstone National Park for later painting. I like the bold attitudes and wonderful colorings of these birds.

I believe that being observant of nature enhances paintings--a moment is better captured if you know its before and after. Painting or drawing also adds to the experience of those who enjoy observing nature. It forces you to notice more detail, and then as an artist, to decide what is essential in portraying the truth of your subject.



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