Squirrel and Peacock

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Here are the last two initial Secret Garden studies.

These two allowed me to work out some ideas, but ultimately, they did not make the cut.  In my latest sketches, the peacock got a really cool building behind it and the squirrel got paired with a rooster in a completely different scenario.

Ultimately, I keep asking the question, would I hang this on my own wall?  Then I go about answering it.  Apparently I am more of an illustrator than traditional art maker . Over and over again I find myself feeling the pictures are not complete because the don’t tell enough of a story.  When I get to my final renderings, I want the viewer to have to look around and wonder.  That will be when they feel right to me.

As I am finishing up the new sketches, I am answering my own questions.  These initial ideas were a wonderful stepping stone to get me to some stronger compositions.

I’ll share my new sketches tomorrow!

Chickadee

This is one of the little 8×10″ watercolor studies that is getting scrapped.

For me, I guess it’s because it just doesn’t tell enough of a story.  I couldn’t answer the questions why are they there and why does it matter?  

I do LOVE chickadees and house wrens though. I love that I can look out on my lawn and not see them, but if I look just a little bit longer than usual, I realize they were there all along.  They blend in so well it’s hard to believe they are scattered throughout the yard!  For this reason, it sort of makes them difficult to paint.  If an animal camouflages itself in the real world how do you make it stand out in your fantasy world?

Here were two ideas for cropping to make a stronger composition:

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But alas, in the end, it was not enough to make it to the next round.  I will sneak the birds into a future study, but this scenario is a -no.

Candle extinguished. Voted off the island. Do not pass go and do not collect $200 dollars.

next!