Sketchbook Flight


Watercolor and gouache on tissue

Lots of variation in the new sketchbook.  It’s odd to see the difference in technique and mood from page to page. Kind of like the strange perspective of this little painting; the underside of an earnest little bird in flight.


Comments on: "Sketchbook Flight" (32)

  1. The bird is captured wonderfully in flight. I love the perspective, a little tilted from underneath. The light and delicate brush strokes lift the bird high above, makes it free of worries and fear. Beautiful.

  2. Elena, my dear, you made ​​an exceptional painting. Bird in flight! I like very much. Thank you so much for having shared with us!
    All the best to be for you.
    Big hugs, much love, Stefania! 🙂

  3. Such a delicate artwork, you’ve captured the weightlessness of birds in the air beautifully.

  4. such an amazing amount if motion in this! I love it!!! Really looks like you captured a moment here!

  5. Interesting perspective, indeed, on this one. Very cool!

  6. Beautiful 🙂 I love the view you chose.

  7. The subtle color and perspective are fantastic-

  8. So graceful and I’m with Karen.. I love the dangly legs..

  9. I love the coloring and the slightly blurred quality of it, which has an expanding effect on the mind.

  10. There is something quite balletic about this picture.

  11. artblablablablog said:

    I always find your perspective to be so well done and totally engaging. I love this bird, it just floats with such graceful lines. Do you work from photos or do you just do it from your mind’s eye?

    • Oh, I wish I could just work from the minds eye. Nope, I took photos of birds feeding next door, and really wanted to get a shot of this long legged bird. Thanks so much Christina, so glad you’re back!

      • artblablablablog said:

        Whew! So there is hope for me if I work my ass off sketching every day I might be able to do something that does not look flat. Thanks for your honesty 😉

      • Sure! Anti-flat is just about shading/values-dark darks, light lights and varied in between. My achilles heel is drawing well directly from my head, without even a place to start.

      • artblablablablog said:

        It does come out better when you have something to look at. You inspire me so much to get back to the basics of drawing, so fundamental. I used to draw every day before technology. I loved it. After I get some stuff squared away here I am going to see if I can get back into it. I commit. :-0

  12. A Graceful weightlessness to this little bird. Gosh, I love those dangly feet!

  13. Really amazing. Love it.

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