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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 20

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, September 24, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Watercolor by Jan Howlett-Family Affair-Bald Eagle FamilyHi All Artist Hearts,
This is the final stage for Family Affair and we will soon be starting a new series entitled, "Carol's Rose", a delightful composition created to encourage a friend in New York

In the meantime, I have continued to do the fine tuning on this painting while I wait for the frame to arrive.  The mats have been selected and the layout firmed up.  I decided to choose a specialty frame and thus the short delay in a new post.  Be assured I will keep you informed as soon as it arri...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 19

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 


Hi All Artist Hearts,
We are nearing the final stages of this painting before we start making plans to choose the complimentary mats and frame and special Bible verse that goes with this special composition.  There are only a few more stages left to post before we start another new series.

The sky has been developed substantially including the river and land below the nest site. The addition of the river will add that important element describing the height and perspective of the nest compared ...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 18

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, August 16, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Hi All Artist Hearts,
"Family Affair" is progressing bit by bit.  It is not a painting one could or should rush.  There are many details to consider. Nothing that we want to include that makes this composition more interesting and personal should be overlooked as part of this day in this Eagle family's story.

If you look closely a number of additions have been made including a freshly caught fish, branches overhead are beginning to emerge in the canopy and will soon extend toward the top left s...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 17

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Hi All Artist Hearts,
Have you ever tried to build or duplicate a Bald Eagle's Nest? Whew!
I've finally finished another new stage in our "Family Affair" series. A lot of work has gone into this stage including the beginning layers for the background, sky and some of the many facets of the Eagle's Nest and the materials

used to create it.  Painting this kind of nest requires a lot of patience and a steady hand.It is far from being finished, but at least the interpretation of what reads as a...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No.16

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Male Bald Eagle Watercolor by Jan Howlett nearing final stages Hi All Artist Hearts,  A new update is ready and as you can see our Papa Eagle has progressed considerably and will soon be completed.  It has been a challenge to manage all the feathers and keep their white tips and edges.

Many of the underlying layers have been wet into wet, however the final darkest layer has been, for the most part, drybrush.  When I consider the fact that Bald Eagles have some 7000 feathers I am thankful that I am only having to describe enough of them to give us all the...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 15

Posted by Jan Howlett on Friday, June 18, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Bald Eagle painting photo progress of colors  Hi All Artist Hearts,  Family Affair's Papa Eagle is really taking shape now. Several more layers have been applied so the feather groups are more defined and recognizable.

The use of hard and soft edges is very important to describing the feathers as soft and pliable in some areas and strong and durable in other areas.

Watch for the next installment.  In the meantime enjoy your painting days.
Blessings, Jan.


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 14

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, June 13, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Bald Eagle painting in first stages 
Hi All Artist Hearts...New update!
More paint to paper ready for those following this series.  I have just continued with the first layers of the same colors as an undercoat preparing for the next deeper colors to describe the feather groups and the tree limbs.  The remaining twigs and branches will be painted in the same manner.

Along the way I will make the necessary adjustments to add darker passages in various areas towards creating shadows.  I have also deliberately paved the way to allow...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 13

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, June 7, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Male Bald Eagle Sketch-1st layers painted 
Hi All Artist Hearts!  Finally Paint to Paper!!

All the major research and problem solving for the composition for Family Affair is completed.  Finally I am at the most fun part of the entire process....PAINT TO PAPER!   I know you have all been waiting patiently for this day and now we can get to the heart of this piece and enjoy the rest of the process.

The first base layers is a very simple combination of Van Dyke Brown and Thalo Blue, giving me a soft cool sepia tone for all the underside ...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 12

Posted by Jan Howlett on Thursday, May 27, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Hi All Artist Hearts,
The final sketch of "Family Affair" has finally been transferred onto my art paper (140 Lb. Hot Press Arches)
soaked in a water bath for about 3 or 4 minutes and mounted onto my art board (lightweight Gator Board).  It is drying as I write.  This is always an exciting stage, knowing that I am all that much closer to laying paint to my paper!  But, before I do that, I just wanted to share a couple of extra steps that I did before I could say that my composition was complet...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 11

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
New Male Eagle Sketch for Family Affair paintingHi Artist Hearts,  I have been working hard to redraw my male Eagle as promised.  If you look carefully you can just make out the original shape underneath my new drafting paper sketch.  I have also included all the detailing needed for the feather groups that would be seen on the inside of the wing particularly in this open position.  I also changed the position of the legs and especially the feet.  I wanted them to show more movement and life. The original legs and feet seemed too static fo...
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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 10

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, April 26, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Hi All Artists Hearts,
The planning and preparation for this painting continue behind the scenes and I thank you for your patience.  In the meantime I thought I would share my choice of paintbrushes that I will use for this painting.

I already know that I will want to use a brush that will give me plenty of control and ability to sustain a good flow of water and pigment throughout my glazing process.  This is especially important when it comes to painting in the feather groups of each Bald Eagl...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle No. 9

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

     
Hello all Artist Hearts, 
Finally the rough thumbnail sketch we have all been waiting for is done!  All the individual segments have been knit together.  The seed idea for this painting started way back in 2008 and is only now being completed.  Some pieces take longer than others to gel together, whether the delays come in the form of research or other responsibilities demand our time...sooner or later that idea presses in and cries for attention.  This is good though because when you c...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No.8

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Male Bald Eagle landing feet Hi All Artist Hearts.  Just stopping in to share a short and final segment of the preliminary sketch for our Bald Eagle family.   We are just concentrating on the male Eagle's landing feet (which will be more polished by the time we get to the painting stage) as they might appear on the major branch framing the entrance to the nest where Baby and Mom Eagle are enjoying progress on a daily lesson in nest building and the laws of Eagle architecture.  We are very close now to presenting the ent...
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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes-Papa-No. 7

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 

Papa Bald Eagle sketchHello Artist Hearts,
I'm finally back in the studio, but just for a short time.  Sorry for the delay in postings and for a slight change in subject content.  I have not been well and battling an unknown condition and so I have not been up to completing my color samples as promised in our last segment.

Instead, I thought I would include a partial drawing of the male Bald Eagle that I call "Papa."  I started him some weeks ago.  I hope to complete his body including his all-powerful feet in a lan...


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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 6

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Adult

Eagle's FeetHi Artist Hearts,
I'm finally back to the drawing board after some much needed time necessary to update our Website SEO.  I thought I would include a second photo of the adult Eagle's feet which is closer to how they will appear in the painting when I get to that stage of the drawing.

It's a gorgeous winter's day here in Orillia with the clearest of dark blue skies. The sun is shinning with only a slight breeze.  A perfect cheery day to inspire any artist heart who longs to draw out those paint...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle-Feet Notes No. 5

Posted by Jan Howlett on Sunday, January 3, 2010, In : Family Affair WC 
Bald Eagle Talons Closeup  Happy New Year Artist Hearts!  It's hard to believe that we are now anticipating all of 2010 fully ahead of us!  Each of us will encounter many different life experiences and hopefully some of those experiences with the deepest impact will in turn be translated into our art work and therefore enrich and inspire many other "Artists Hearts" as well: A fresh and grand opportunity to create work that is written with brushes instead pen and ink.  Stories with subjects that will cause our heart's...
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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 4

Posted by Jan Howlett on Monday, December 21, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Female Bald Eagle Sketch  Hi Artist Hearts, your next rough sketch installment is ready.  Here is the second component to our "Family Affair" painting.  The female Bald Eagle is in her nesting posture.  Her wings are posed in her protective and nurturing stance.  The sketch only contains the basic outline of her body and will have to be completed in the next days to come.  This is the actual placement she will take within the composition when it is finished.

Baby Eaglet will eventually sit nestled in the front of Mom...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 3

Posted by Jan Howlett on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Baby Eaglet  Hello All Artist Hearts,  I thought I would wet the appetite of our viewers by introducing the first rough sketch of one of the major components of my Bald Eagle composition.  As it progresses and other parts of the picture are added it may be very difficult NOT to rename my painting!  I do have several titles in mind.  I may even have to think about opening the title up to you all for a vote.  We will see how it goes.

That said, the first emotional factor contributing impact in this story i...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle Notes No. 2

Posted by Jan Howlett on Saturday, December 12, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Bald Eagle feathers  As we continue our background research on the Bald Eagle and what we should include in our drawing and composition this next photo shows an intricate close up detailing each feather individually.  Observe the fine edges of each feather.  Observe the lighting source and how the location of that light effects the shadows being created by it's bouncing off the body and shaft of each feather.

The arrows on the photograph help us to see how the shadows lay.  They in turn draw our eyes into the cr...

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Family Affair Bald Eagle-Feather Ref. Photo Notes No.1

Posted by Jan Howlett on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, In : Family Affair WC 
Bald Eagle with Eaglet 
Hello All Artist Hearts, We are back at the easel!
Family Affair
will hopefully become a delightful composition in Watercolor.  For some time I have been collecting information, photos and research on avian facts towards developing this new painting.  The photo is just one of many used for references to study the feather groups and their formations, compliments of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens website.  It is a fascinating study and as I go along I will share what I learn.  Watch for new pos...

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