Monday, September 2, 2013

Juliet the Jay

Part of working outdoors this summer was getting to know the local families of birds. Not being able to distinguish the male jays from the female,I named every blue jay that came to the feeder Juliet.
There are still seven baby jays that frequent our feeder. These are the clowns of the bird world. They are very clumsy barely being able to balance themselves on the branches. I could have sworn that they had a little patch of pink on their cheeks but as they grew older, that patch has disappeared. They all try to feed themselves at the feeder, each waiting until their sibling has finished. I used to think they were quite aggressive but they have shown themselves to be patient and timid although their voices are very loud. I tried to capture the beauty of Juliet the Jay on vellum. This little piece measures 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". Still using Marie Angel's techniques to make the Jay as realistic as possible. I also used a magnifier to really see the details. This piece was done with my Escoda 3/0 brush and gilded with Miniatum Ink and 24K gold. Holbein Horizon blue and Lilac were integral to the palette. Shading was done with Prussian Blue and Payne's grey.I am learning so much in exploring this technique while still enjoying these tranquil days. Summer is definitely waning though. I will back in teaching mode in two weeks time.