8 x 10
oil on canvas board
I've been spending quite a bit of time birding, photographing and cataloging images lately but am also doing some maintenance on some recent paintings. This involves checking the surfaces for dull areas and bringing back the luster with a little walnut oil. It is as far as I'm concerned the only way to even out the surface properly and the bonus is that it shows up the brush strokes of paint instead of varnish brush strokes which can be distracting. The oil when dry creates a tough protective surface but one has to watch for drips and it may require more than one oiling out to get a good finish.
The painting above is of a Green-winged Teal that I spotted at the Reifel bird Reserve. I loved the reflections and the limited palette needed to paint this.