I downloaded six beautiful bird images from one of my favorite resources for photos that artists can use for free: www.morguefile.com! (Check it out anytime, it's well worth a visit.)
I loaded all six images and their correlating release of copyright information onto a thumb drive and took it to my friendly local Staples (the one at the corner of Palm Bay Road and Babcock - super quality prints and really friendly knowledgeable staff in the print department). I printed all six, eliminated one that I thought printed a little too artificially blue (upper right), and then asked the friendly staff person to choose one of the remaining five without my knowledge, print seven more of just it, and seal them in the large envelope I provided. She was very pleased to be given the choice. I paid for my prints and went off to Ralph's Art Supply to start our challenge.
When we opened the envelope I was excited to see our faithful Staples staff member had given us seven prints of the red bellied woodpecker! Great choice!
|Cindy making initial sketches|
|Donna starting a sketch on watercolor paper|
|Mary starting a watercolor|
|Kathy starting an acrylic|
|Denette evaluating colors before starting an oil painting|
|Carmen starting an oil painting.|
|Cindy's watercolor and ink|
I requested final images get sent to me for this blog. Now, just about exactly two weeks later I have finally called mine finished. (I almost never call a painting finished.)
I have also received a finished image from Carmen.
And Fay has finished her collage and mocked it up in a frame.
www.morguefile.com for their inspirational images. I'm sure we will be doing more with their many resources in the future!