This is a common flicker. It is a small and unpretentious bird with a funny “mustache” and a simple and very chipper song. I wanted have something simple and chipper to greet my dad when he came home from a hospital where he had a little surgery. Something that would make him smile. They say that positive mood is as effective and helpful for recovery as proper medication. So, here’s a little flicker, dad! Hurry up and get well!
6″x8″ (15 x 20 cm) on Fabriano Artistico 300 gsm Soft Press, Cotman pan colors.
Another interesting thing about this painting is the new paper. I tried Fabriano Soft Press for the first time, and I believe myself to be in love. I found my favorite paper! The texture of this paper is somewhere in the middle between Hot Press and Cold Press, retaining the best of both worlds, in my opinion. It is smooth almost like HP and at the same time allows for great color flow, hard crusty edges are not a problem, pigment does not sink into paper valleys, and it is easy to lift color. A real pleasure to paint on. I will do my next portrait on it, should be great for skin.