A BIRDING DAY
This painting was done from a photo that I took on a recent birding trip to Buck Creek State Park, near Springfield OH earlier this spring. I'm a sucker for pathways that lead into the woods, and this one was full of dappled light. I decided to try a different way of painting this one. I have been following several artist's blogs on one of my favorite web-sites called dailypaintworks.com. Two artists whose work I really admire, Karin Jurick and Cathleen Rehfield, both use a dark underpainting
to begin their work. In this painting, I painted the gesso board with black acrylic, which dries quickly, then laid in the oil on top. I like the way the underpainting shows through in some areas. I'm not sure I would use this method in every instance, but I liked how this one looks.