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March 9th, 2015

Winter Cardinals

Artist: Amy Norkitis
Artist statement: I have been consistently drawing and painting in sketchbooks for about six years. I rarely do any artwork outside of a sketchbook. I love that my artwork is contained in one place and is so portable. If I’m drawing on location, I just grab my bag and toss in my sketchbook, some pens, and my travel watercolor kit and I’m ready to go!

However, it’s been cold and I’ve been staying inside more, so I did this painting sitting at my kitchen table looking out of the window at my neighbor’s new bird feeder – the cardinals are loving whatever seed is in there! There were so many of them, and they looked so beautiful and bright against the snow and greenery that I felt inspired to try to capture the moment in my sketchbook.

I started with a light wash of watercolor; no pens or pencils first because I wanted the painting to stay loose. I added about three more fairly light glazes of watercolor, letting each layer dry before putting down the next. I’ll admit, when I finished with the watercolors I wasn’t too happy with it, but I very rarely give up on a sketch. I decided at this point to add a quick outline with a black (Micron) pen. I liked it a bit more, but something still seemed to be missing. I then added a loose pattern of snow with a white (Gellyroll) pen, and that seemed to pull it all together for me!

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Winter Cardinals


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