The African Crane painting above was painted by RUTH READ and is one of her favorite paintings she’s done, meaning – this painting comes with the story. And for Eye Candy Arts blog this is the first artwork, featured in the Artist Favorite category.
This is what Ruth wrote about her African Crane painting:
My friend and I decided to spend the day in the San Diego Animal park. Cameras clicking all day. We discussed how he would like to learn to paint, and I would like to learn to teach. We even set up a day. He backed out and I was feeling really jilted.
I decided to do the painting anyway. I had chosen a crazy looking African Crane. I knew, the minute I saw this bird that I wanted to paint it. The crazy looking spiky ball of color on top of its head was just amazing. It was a challenge that sparked in me.
I had photos from both of us, so I spread them out and started. This was a good learning experience. I held class (by myself) and every step of the way it was “This is how you make the background, and this is how you do the eye,” and you get the idea.
I had a really great experience teaching that day, I discovered that I learned from myself. And since I had never taught a class, this helped me realize I could teach.
And my friend?
Well, he is still taking photos and lending them to artist as reference material.
Reference material for this painting are African Crane pictures by photographer Ira Yanick. Posted with permission.
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