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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. 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-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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