7" x 9 1/2"
This female cardinal was painted for the year of painting (YOP). The reference photo used is by mensatic at Art Morgue. It was great fun painting this lady. The colors in the painting are what I see in the photo although they are reading brighter in the painting than the photo.
I began the painting with the eye and painted the head first. Colors were laid in over most of the bird before working the background. Palette colors used are Viridian, yellow ochre, azo yellow, Quin. Burnt Orange, Transparent Brown Oxide, Sepia, Moonglow(purplish), Smalt(blue), Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Perm. Red, Perm. Rose, Scarlet Pyrolle,