Reference Photo of Red-Crested Cardinal
by Carol Reynolds
I took this reference photograph of the Brazilian or Red-Crested Cardinal some time ago at Bellows Beach on Oahu, Hawaii. He was finding something to nibble on in this fallen, broken open coconut. I am thinking about the title "Slim Pickings" for the finished painting :-) Below are stages of the work in progress.
First Stage WIP
I almost always begin with a rough color "sketch" in oil on canvas or panel.
Stage 2 WIP
11" x 14" oil on gessobord panel
The painting is still in a very rough beginning, and it needs to dry before I go on to the next stage with more detail. Please return soon to view the completed painting.