Sunday, February 26, 2012

Parrots

Arches, 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in)
The Mexican resort where we stayed prided in its Eco theme. The grounds were turned into a park and much of them were left as the original jungle. A number of wild animal species lived freely there - wild parrots, woodpeckers and other colorful birds, monkeys, iguanas, racoons and coatis. We did see monkeys twice jumping through the trees outside our window. To make things more interesting for the guests, the hotel had a few introduced species, like these gorgeous Macaws and several peacocks. These birds were left free during the day, but spent the nights in an enclosure. Why take the risk to have any of these beauties become the victim of those little bandits, the racoons...

The above painting I did at home, while the two sketches below were done live. The place where the parrots spent the day was relatively crowded and I drew the attention of a number of people with my activity. That wasn't so terrifying after all. A good exercise to overcome my fears.

Live sketch 18 x 23 cm

Live sketch 18 x 23 cm

11 comments:

Judy said...

Love those colourful birds, and the paintings you made! You did some interesting things in the background of the top one.

Rita Vaselli said...

Hello Blaga!Painting parrots should be fun whit many lively(and lovely) colors!These seem to speak!

Jane said...

You did a fabulous work with these parrots, you really are very versatile! I love the colors , and the proportions of the birds are just perfect. xox

Sadami said...

Hi,Blaga,
So vivid colours. Sketching in people needs a bit "being brave." You made it! Wonderful! Go, go,Blaga!
Cheers,Sadami

Tito said...

What beautiful parrots, Blaga! The three are very nice, and.... I do not why, my preference is for the third one. Ciao!

renate said...

Hello Blaga! How brave of you to sit there with that crowd around you! I still cannot make that stap. It's a bridge too far for me:) I love your parrots, beautiful backgrounds and the birds are so cute. Nice job!!

Blaga said...

The colors of these birds really make you want to grab the brush, Judy. I used plastic foil for the lower vegetation and just hinted the palm leaves above.

Thank you, Rita! It really was much fun

Thank you, Jane! The problem with the very bright colors of the parrots was how to make them not to look too flat.

Thank you, Sadami! I'll be doing more work on figures soon.

I hear you, Tito, the third has the freshest colors. Thank you!

Thank you for your comment, Renate! The onlookers were just curious and well intended and that helps a bit :)

Lydie said...

Lovely birds with beautiful colors. Your backgrounds are very well done.

Elvi said...

Fantastici questi pappagalli. Colori stupendi. Elvi

Irina said...

You are brave: double stress - people's crowd and moving birds. You managed great!

JANE MINTER said...

colourful and bright blaga each with a slighty different approach .