Sarah, yes Jen is correct that the first bird is a ruby throated hummingbird. The second bird on the stone in the grass meadow is a raven.
Hal, your painting of the vintage aircraft fits the theme perfectly. I like the sky and think there must be wonderful skies when you are flying. You do get the feeling that you are up there with the plane. Your friend must be thrilled with this. I don't know the identity of the Naval Ship, it is a photo I took on a schooner tour at Norfolk where there is a Navel repair yard. They have a battle ship there as a museum however I did not get a good photo of it. The Canadian Jet is a CT - 114 Tutors. This is one of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. They travel doing shows and are very spectacular to see. I was involved in raising funding for the resurfacing of our airport's runway and for the grand opening we had the Snow Birds perform.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Thank you Bonnie. I'll look up more info on the CT-114. I thought it looked like it might be a trainer (Tutor).
I've been trying to look up the Hull number on the naval vessel but google keeps looping me all over the place and can't seem to get any site that doesn't just send me to other links. If I create a painting, I think is worthy of putting in an art fair, I usually get asked for the identity of my painted military subjects .
No big deal though.
Hal : The Sunset Beckons:
Thanks Jen and Bonnie re. the info on the birds. I thought it was a hummingbird but just couldn't work out the Black bird!
Ospreys...there is a protected nesting site near where I live. Secret and one has to have a pass to view it from a distance..
feel free to make constructive c/c...no digital alterations please
agree with all that has been said before.
Thanks for the close up too.
good to see your work, can't add anything to what has been said already.
Thanks for the larger version too.
Early stage in a promising career??????.........
very small water colour of a very young would-be dancer.
Sarah, lovely small watercolour. Good shape of the dancer's form and your shading under the skirt provides for it's movement and for shaping the dancer. Nicely done.
Lovely pieced of work Sarah.
Nice delicate touch, suitable for the subject.
Sarah, this little girl reminds me of my eldest daughter. You have captured the youth , pose and slight awkwardness of a youngster learning the poses.
Jen C & C's always welcome
Hello Bonnie, Jen and Hal.......thank you for your kind words.
I used one of my very old sketches for this painting......there was a ballet class held in the Junior part of the school hall during the lunch hour so I had a lovely time sketching them all those years ago.
Sarah, I think it's great that you have so much of your own past work to paint from. I love ballet dancers - used to sketch Baryshnikov when I was young! Your dancer child is lovely, the toe on point is painted so well, as is the whole figure.
Comments and critiques are welcome.
This is my third painting today ( see chatter) and the coffee bean effect was wearing off. it needs some more work and tidy up but it counts as one of my daily paintings and works with this month's theme. I was going for big brush, fast and loose as a result a bit messy. the boy's arm is odd likewise the girls legs but it was a fun to see what I could do.
8x10 oil on canvas.
Jen, this is perfect for the challenge, lots of movement. They look so free running through the grasses. I see what you mean about his arm being off. The position would be very difficult to do. I think I should try some of those coffee beans.
Hello Jen...joi de vivre for all of us to see !!!
I'd leave it as it is and maybe paint a new larger version??
thank you. I have sketch books which date from the fifties!
Invaluable source material now that plein air work is not so easy to achieve.