Roseate Spoonbills

SL11312 Indy Island Step 13

Ahhhhh, Rosies! Some of Jack’s and my favorites. We can never see them without thinking of Katherine Hepburn (Rosie) and Humphrey Bogart in African Queen, one of the movies at the very top of our all time best film list!

SL11312 Indy Island Step 14

Permanent Rose is one of those special colors I use from time to time in addition to the usual ones on our Double Primary Palette. CLICK HERE to learn more about our color mixing system. Anyway, this is the perfect color for the Roseate Spoonbills. White is added to make the different shades of pink.

SL11312 Indy Island Step 15A

Bracing my wrist on the mahl stick to steady my hand I delineate the Rosies settling down on Indy Island. A little bit of MUD (Ultramarine Blue  + Alizarin Crimson) is added to the mixes used on the birds in the foreground. This dulls the pink so the Spoonbills on the distant trees will recede.

SL11312 Indy Island Step 16

Capturing the gestures of the landing birds is a fun challenge. A few strokes of the pink are made in the water to indicate the reflections of the Spoonbills in the trees above.

SL11312 Indy Island 20x24

Indy Island     20″ x 24″    Original Oil Painting

I could watch for hours as the Rosies meander through the shallow water, swinging their heads to and fro, catching critters in their spoon shaped bills. This area reminds me of Palma Sola Bay and the bayous at the northern end of Longboat Key on Sarasota Bay. When we lived there several years ago those were some of our favorite places to watch the water birds. One more painting to go on the trio of fishing paintings. Hope you’ll come follow along. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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7 Responses to “Roseate Spoonbills”

  1. Ric & Linda Says:

    AWESOME Linda Cosner

  2. Pat Lapointe Says:

    I have just started painting in 2011, slowly but surely, so I am really enjoying this blog. I love watching your day to day progress of these 3 pieces. I love the joy your style and colors bring.

  3. Shirley Says:

    The speed with which you work always astonishes me. Would it be possible to place the 3 finished paintings together as you did with the sketches on Dec. 23? I appreciate your generosity in sharing so much knowledge and also Jack’s generous advice in his writings.

  4. mjspringett Says:

    I love the pink, fills up the color meter, thanks mikki for all you do, Happy New Year to you and Jack, MJ

  5. Kathy Chin Says:

    Really like how the water changes from purple to blue and the billowing clouds. You paint with such joy Mikki!

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