All Dressed Up

“Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.”
– Aldous Huxley

All Dressed Up

4″ x 5″ Watercolor

I did this little bird from a reference photo from WetCanvas‘ Just Chaos.  She is a great photographer and has been to every zoo in California.  I painted this little fellow and he just had too much detail for my liking, so I brushed some Daniel Smith iridescent silver watercolor over the details and I liked him better.

At this time, WetCanvas has 8,424,395 images in their Reference Image Library.

About Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley, the cerebral English writer and social critic, is best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World, about a theoretically ideal society that stamps out individuality. He was born in Surrey in 1894. His teen years were difficult: His mother and sister died when he was 14 and a few years later, he became nearly blind. After early success with fiction, he switched to essays and screenplays, moving to California and becoming a kind of guru for the 60’s counterculture movement. He died in 1963.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. raji
    Mar 05, 2010 @ 21:55:19

    Like Leslie and Carol, I was impressed with texture of the feather. It look almost 3D-like. Great work Beth!


  2. lesliepaints
    Mar 05, 2010 @ 17:00:02

    I like the texture and color in this Beth. I just think he longs for a background or something to set his feet on. Your detail that you tried to cover looks fine.


  3. CarolKing
    Mar 05, 2010 @ 09:43:36

    What struck me first is the texture in this painting. When I first looked I thought, “Oh, she does needlepoint.”

    then I read what you wrote. the colors are strong and bright. I like it.


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