The "Swatch Test" Challenge Day 52
Sepia is one of my favorites. It is a lovely warm neutral and useful for the natural subjects I often paint. It is low staining and lightfast. Loaded in a milk to creamy consistency on a brush it lays down a deep rich dark tone. Sepia dilutes to a soft mushroom hue. Wet into wet it travels smoothly, transitioning from darkest dark to palest parchment and everything in between. Sepia was the perfect pigment for this flicker. I was fortunate to get half a dozen or so very close pictures of this flicker who was so interested in something on the ground he never seemed to notice me. Odd, since every flicker I have ever encountered has taken flight instantly upon being noticed, hence our family name for them, "Chicken Flickers".
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“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.