Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Pooka and a Harpy


I believe I've finished the Pooka, altho I am not completely satisfied. It was a photo taken indoors and so more difficult to get the lighting. But for now I am calling her done. Do you know what a Pooka is? Do you remember the old Jimmy Stewart movie "Harvey" about Elmer P. Doud and his 6 ft. tall buddy, the white rabbit named Harvey? Well, Harvey was a pooka. A pooka is a large, mythical creature. This Pooka, isn't so large, but she can be "mythical"!!! :-) When she was a puppy she had "spectacles", but once she'd "caught" me with that face, she lost most of her sabling, so now she's mainly tan with a bit of sabling (the dark fur) on her back and a very dark sabled tail. This piece is done in casein.


I and a friend went to the Russian museum last Thurs. and really enjoyed it. She and I did alot of talking about Flemish masters and their technics. She is taking classes on how to do this. It turns out that is a bit similar to what I've begun doing so I started trying to do a bit more along those lines with this harpy. All these feathers are driving me crazy, but I think it is coming along ok. Time will tell. Obviously it is a WIP and has a long way to go yet. I think I like this technic more and more as I go along. I am doing this piece in acrylic as it lends itself to this technic more than the caseins or gouache.

7 comments:

Mona said...

Spectacular plummage on that Harpy Carol!

James F. Smith said...

Looking good Carol!! Looking fuzzy!! Thanks for sharing!!

DEB said...

Carol, these are great of course! The pooka is sweet. And what techniques specifically are you emulating in the harpie painting? Whatever they are, I think they are working!

Carol Andre' said...

Thanks Mona, Jim, and Deb. I am hoping that harpy continues to have the drama. It is such a spectacular, phenomenal bird. Deb, it is the way in which I am trying to underpaint and then layer glazes over. Very time consuming, especially with all the detail on something like this harpy.

Krista Hasson said...

These are wonderful, You are really getting the feathers on the bird, can' wait to see the next post of it.

Italo said...

Ciao Carol. They have the reality of a photo and the passion and feelings of a painting. Impressed.

Carol Andre' said...

Thank you so much Italo- that is the greatest compliment I have ever gotten I think! It is what I strive hardest to achieve!