I've continued to do a lot of sketching and quick study pieces so haven't added much here for some time. Here are three watercolor pieces done recently as quick studies for larger pieces in several media. The first one is of three White-faced Ibis, birds that are very unusual to rare in my home state, so it was great to see these on a trip to Yosemite a few years ago. The reference photo I used was taken in the Klamath Lake area in great early morning light, which infused the whole scene with wonderful warm colors. I will definitely be doing this piece in a larger size, and probably in oil as well. The photo here has a pinkish cast that is not in the actual painting. This one is 10 x 14 inches.
The next one here is of Great Egrets at the mouth of the Salmon River on the Oregon Coast north of Lincoln City. This was again in early morning with very calm conditions. A flock of about a dozen Great Egrets flew in and fed very close to where I was photographing, so I grabbed a number of shots and used one for this reference. Again, I'll be re-doing this one, as there are some issues with it. This is a 9 x 12 inch painting.
This is another species rarely seen in my neck of the woods, and was also painted from a photograph taken at Klamath Lake, as for the earlier image.