This is a painting I started while we were in Mexico awhile ago when the only reference photos I had with me were birds of paradise. I hadn't done much more that draw it and put an initial layer of paint in the sky and it looked like it was going to be way too tight so I attached rice paper to it and continued painting.
I love the effect with the rice paper. I don't know why I don't do paintings with rice paper more often. It gives a softness and a nice textural quality that I can't get without it. There are also goobers where the rice paper isn't attached completely so the paint spreads which for some reason, doesn't bother me. It seems to go with the overall look.
The weather here has been so beautiful since before Christmas with temps in the 70s and 80s and almost balmy so working on a tropical painting seemed fitting.
I work in just about every art medium I can get my hands on with my favorites being watercolor and silk painting. I love to experiment with different mediums and styles of painting. I try to paint every day and will post my paintings here as I finish them. I really appreciate any comments you may have on the paintings. You can sign up below to receive the postings automatically by e-mail. If you would like to see my artwork divided by medium, visit my website. If you would like information on purchasing one of my paintings, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org