I finished this today. I did this totally with watersoluable color pencils. I used the dry pencils on top for the finishing touches. I had fun with this and was very impressed with how the pencils cooperated!!
I've been working on this one on and off for about a week. I took the photo a year ago when the rabbit brush was in bloom. But I never had the chance to paint it until now. And right now the rabbit brush is in bloom again. Time flies...
The big old oak trees here are amazing. I only painted a small portion of one. Their limbs are massive, and spread out like an octopus. The moss hangs down all around. Ferns grow on the top of branches. All kinds of vines grow up the trees.
After giving up so much art time to moving into a new house, I vowed to paint every day on our vacation, including on the plane. I took my favorite sketchbook, photo references, watercolor pencils, and water container brush in my carry-on.
Isn't it interesting when the passenger next to you tries to ignore you? You go through 3 or more hours, never saying a word or exchanging a glance. This young guy read his book and figited the entire time I worked on this iguana. Every now and then he would sneak a glance at my drawing. Either his book was creepy, violent, or suspenseful, OR, he had lizard phobia, because he gnawed on his fingernails for 2 hours straight, pulled at his shirt neckline, flung his arm out (kink in elbow?). Once I went to reading my book, he played with his I-phone and finally seemed relaxed and calm....
The first day of our visit, we walked around and explored Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, on the coast of South Carolina. It is very, very warm and humid - very different from the hot and dry climate of home. Here is the sunset from Harbour Town.
The next morning, we woke to rain. It is from a hurricane off the Gulf of Mexico. So we stayed in and I added watercolor to my Iguana. The rain has now stopped, so we will go out and explore some more.
In case you are wondering, we saw these iguanas along the riverbank trees in Costa Rica. It was mating season and the males turn from green to bright orange. They are interesting creatures - lots of scales and spikes and detail - for my detail fix.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!