Harpy Eagle Commission Finished

June 14, 2009




Last week I finally completed a commission for a large (well, large for the way I usually work) scale watercolor of a South American Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja). I did some preliminary sketches and posted those here a couple of months ago, but the final painting was roughly 30 x 40 inches. It was a good challenge to work at a larger scale. It would have been great to have a live bird to reference, but alas, no trips south for me at this time. Instead I had to rely on photographic references and one of the specimens of Harpia harpyja we have at the Field Museum.

5 comments:

  1. A great piece, and lovely camera work! You look especially fetching in that top photo. (What kind of camera is that, anyway? We need to upgrade).

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  2. Great work, I'm sure the buyer - patron? - will be thrilled. A larger scale is fun to see too, but don't go changing the name of your blog to the medium size aviary. More seriously though, I think it is a good idea to write about all your work here.

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  3. Thanks guys! Christy: My camera is a Canon Powershot SD1200. I went to the store and asked if they had anything that would make me look extra fetching. They suggested Photoshop, but I already have that, so I got the camera instead. And Mark, no don't worry, won't be changing it to Medium Size Aviary, but seriously considering Slightly Larger Aviary.

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  4. I love that photo of you and Mr. Harpy :) Stunning!

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  5. Amazing!
    And as the others have commented, you look fabulous and fetching too.

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