Changing it up!

It's been some time since my last post and I have not had enough time to devote to new paintings so I started some quick sketches these days.  You can view most of them at my watercolor journal.

I usually paint fruits or flowers as the subject of my paintings but these days I've decided to change my subjects and turn away from still life. I desperately wanted to paint something colorful and that's when I stumbled upon some images of lovebirds. Lovebirds are gorgeous and they have a color scheme similar to mangoes with hues of yellow, orange and green.

Lovebirds were the perfect subject for me to study and I became enamored with them. I began sketching them in my new Perfect Sketchbook  (review to come shortly). The Perfect Sketchbook began as a kickstarter project by Erwin Lian Cherngzhi in Singapore and I am already impressed with the beautiful finish and paper quality. It reminds me of a higher end pocket moleskine without all the fuss.

I quickly set out to sketch some lovebirds and applied several washes to see how the paper would perform:

Slight texture to the paper but so smooth!

I was really impressed with the paper and requested extra copies from Erwin (even though it was out of stock) in hopes of snatching one more for myself and a friend. Erwin was kind enough to release 30 limited copies but unfortunately,they are sold out now. Erwin might consider an A5 Kickstarter run if there is enough interest. I will definitely be the first person to back this up since I am pleased with the initial results.

My lovebird sketch looked a bit empty when I completed it so in light of Valentine's Day - a loving warm pink background was washed in using several shades of Opera Pink and Ultramarine Violet.

The finished result!

Here's a closeup of the two lovebirds

The scanned version and photo always differ in color so I prefer to snap some photos during the painting phase and after. Here's a photo of the completed work below: 

The background is much lighter with better contrast against the lovebirds.

I'll have a complete review for this exquisite sketchbook very soon since I am still gathering my thoughts and need to test it a bit more before providing feedback.

I've been losing sleep these past weeks and I apologize for the lack of posts! I am hoping to correct my sleep schedule after I finish a new painting for a silent art auction at the Weill Cornell Community Clinic on March 13th, 2015. I will be there in person during the event.

If you are in NYC, I would love to meet you! Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds will fund the clinic. Here's a sneak peek of what I'm working on (yes, more lovebirds this month):

Lovebirds cuddling in the shape of a heart. Hope I finish soon!


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Happy Valentine's Day everyone and stay tuned!