“A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium-a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo.” Charley Harper
Under the Hood
In May 2006, I was honoured to judge Canaan Dogs in San Diego. Whilst there we visited the zoo, and the original photo was taken there. In doing this piece, I wanted a painting that could be hung on the walls of our recently decorated winter snug, and so wanted the base colour of red. I don’t usually do my artwork in a square, but I felt that this piece just lent itself to that shape. Starting off with the original photo, I cut out two of the birds that I wanted to use. Making the canvas square I moved them to the lower left. I then gradually built up the background, starting with a painterly image of a marsh below the two birds, and adding just 3 textures above the birds. I then began blending and adjusting the tones and colours and also a curves adjustment for the lighting. Finally I added a light canvas texture to bring everything together.