There is something compelling about the site of a bird in nature
... It's a unique beauty that can't be improved upon. This guide
will help you capture your subjects and their habitats realistically,
in a variety of mediums.
"I have always thought that as painters we are only limited
by how much we can see," writes author Bart Rulon. And to help
you make the most of your fieldwork, Rulon offers invaluable advice
and instruction on sketching, photography and on-site painting.
You'll also find a treasury of bird painting tips and techniques
on such topics as:
building and using a blind
feather textures and complex feather patterns
bird anatomy, mechanics of
wing, how birds fly and grip a branch
nests and habitat
birds in groups
a bird's eyes
the quality of light
color harmony in your paintings
Throughout, you'll be inspired by the work of some of America's
top bird painters working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored
pencil and mixed media. Nine step-by-step demonstrations show how
artists bring a variety of subjects to life. In addition, you'll
find ideas for using shadows, unusual poses, action, lighting and
camouflage to create unique and interesting paintings ... scenes
that convey a sense of true wonder at the beauty and drama of the
moment. "Most of us choose to paint birds because we are fascinated
by them. Watching a bird behaving naturally is uniquely inspiring.
Painting is the best way to recreate these experiences and to communicate
a sense of 'being there' to others."
Contains the work of the following artists:
a special feature by Ray Harris-Ching