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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Hello! I am a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and mostly I work in a representational style. My greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and my greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Many thanks to those readers who have been following this blog since Day 1 (May 19, 2008). To those who are visiting for the first time today...Welcome, and thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Florida Wildlife Encounter

Shorebird (Ibis)  / Boogie Board Drawing with color pencil.
 Living in Florida is a sensate experience. There are exotic flowers of every color and fragrance, along with tropical palms and shrubbery in every hue of green. There are plenty of critters, too—from black bears, alligators, lizards, and chameleons to pelicans, hawks, sandhill cranes, and great blue herons. With the plethora of lakes, rivers, and waterways, wildlife encounters within the urban area are common.

Back in May, while painting with the local plein air group, I photographed a white ibis strutting along the shore, with waterlilies and reeds in the background. I rarely do animals, but there was something arresting about being so close to wildlife that day.

Over the past two weeks, I've been working from that photo of the ibis, starting with the drawing done on the Boogie Board. When it was finished, I photographed it and uploaded the image to my computer. With Photoshop I added the white and orange colors, and printed it out on rice paper. To give the image a bit more dimension and color variation, I added some hand coloring with color pencils. I guess you could call this piece of work a "digital mixed media drawing."

Available at www.ArtByCarolAdamec.ETSY.com 

Since my last post, I also acquired a Boogie Board RIP, another Kent Displays / iMPROV Electronics product that I mentioned back on July 10. It's a bit larger, has the save feature, and connects to the computer for direct upload. I've done a bit of scribbling on it, just to get acquainted with how it operates. I'll be posting more information about that e-Writer tablet in upcoming post.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this post. Have a great Monday!

Text and image ©2012 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.


Kristen E. said...

I love this!

Carol Adamec said...

Thank you, Kristen! It was fun to do.