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The color of a robin's face and breast is orange, but which orange? And what are the colors of the reflected light in the snowy thicket under a semi-blue sky? Here I used quinacridone gold, scarlet lake and cobalt blue.
A lot of birds that like to dwell on rocks have a black and white plumage and a brighter color like pink and green in this case. The message could be "I am sexy" and perhaps "I am a male Eider". I suppose concealing coloration is for those with a stronger reason to hide, like females on eggs, but I am often amazed how easy it is to overlook a male Eider resting among the boulders. Maybe their contradistinctive colors are well chosen considering the glittering pink and black rocks with some greenish bladderrack on them.
The two last sessions of the course we dwelled on a single position for five hours alltogether (with a lot of breaks in between of course). It was nice not to be interrupted, and I think I learn a lot from switching between long and short poses, as between large and small paintings and drawings. No faces this time but that's my next project: portraits.