Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Lilac Breasted Roller ACEO in acrylics

I don't normally use a medium when painting the little aceo's but for this I needed to in order to get the depth and colour of the feathers right.  This one was also a  trial run to work out the colour combinations for the larger one I am planning on painting.  It will also be perched in a similar position but will be 6 x 8 inch.  I found the perfect colour combination for the breast feathers - cobalt blue and permanent alizarine.  The highlighted areas are transparent red oxide with  a touch of transparent yellow.

Lilac Breasted Roller measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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