"Crooked Feather" (pre-paint)

"Crooked Feather" 24x48 canvas. I am trying something new here. I talked with a talented young artist here in Montgomery and his name is Jared Kelly (you can view his art at www.jaredkelley.blogspot.com), I noticed he draws a black and white of his subject before he actually paints. So I am giving it a try and this is the finished black and white and I used black conte charcoal pencils. This is my first time to ever use charcoal of any kind and found it is very easy to use but a bit messy. However, I love the advantage of seeing my composition before color is added to it. I sprayed it with acrylic matte fixative and I am ready to start painting.
"CROOKED FEATHER" is an Indian Statue that has been a part of Ocean Springs, MS since 1976. The Magnolia is Mississippi's state flower, so I chose it to put in the background. I am participating in the Peter-Anderson arts festival that is held in Ocean Springs this year November 7-8th and he will be one the paintings that will be for sale. Check back later to see the painted version!


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