A Painting In Progress (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)

I took the opportunity to play around a bit with this painting.  I’ve used salt on a wet surface before but it’s been a while and decided to give it a go again with this painting.  I’ve included a step by step progression of the artwork so you can see how it came together. Once I had the first layer of color on the background I sprinkled coarse salt all over it and let it dry.  Once dried, I brushed off the salt and it left this kind of abstract, splotchy design.  I then added another layer of color to it because the salt leached some of the first layer of color as it dried.  I moved on to the flower and finally the hummingbird.  And viola! This painting is currently in the small works show at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.

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