I didn't know birds had such attachment to humans. On the breaks from being painted Rocky took her water and food causing a few not so happy accidents on the beautiful satin drape I had just spent a fortune on!
Yes, Rocky is a female parrot but this was not known until she started laying eggs, said Jen, hence the male name. I have painted Jen before with a previous pet bird, Peep. She has a way with birds for sure.
Some say painting from life is for the birds and I must confess, Rocky was a bit fidgety during the painting session but I sure hope she visits again soon with Jen.
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I post the stages of the sitting here and am indebted once again to my hero master portraitist Philip de Laszlo.
|"Birds of a Feather"|
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on Board
|Rocky gets her close-up. I moved her position off the shoulder to aid the composition. I kept her coloring the same as the dress for color harmony, repeating some of those colors in the background too|
|The block-in. I liked the tilt.|
|The light side of the face is massed in quickly going for a clean statement mixing just two colors at one time.|
|After about two hours of painting, I start to think about Rocky going in to the frame and just how on earth am I going to do that!|