Now no one loves to paint these colorful tropical birds more than I do. It is a thrill when visiting Las Vegas to go by the Flamingo Hilton to the back of the hotel and watch them for hours around their koi pond, preening themselves as if performing in one of the stage shows. This painting is mixed media (colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics) on 8x11 gessoed matboard. It was a timed exercise that took 5 minutes to draw and 55 to paint. Blades of grass were scratched out in semi-dry paint using bevel end of my 1" sable flat brush.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2010.