Dorie Petrochko is raising the bar with painting the bird carving casts. Yesterday she added just a bit more color to the wings so that a slight bit of yellow shows on each folded primary feather. It looked like she was using a “00” brush. Later, she felt finished enough with the painting to start glueing a few feathers on. I told her that this model is so well painted that only a very few feathers would be needed to enhance what is already there. We have been debating whether the duller birds come across better in the models. I am wondering if the bird’s plumage is lighter and with less contrasts, it inherently looks softer. This hypothesis will be tested because Dorie plans to paint a male Canada warbler next which is anything but dull or without contrasts!!
By the way, Dorie is starting a natural science/scientific art school with two other scientific illustrators this fall. This is very exciting to see this starting in New Haven. Here is what she wrote me about it:
The CT School of Natural Science Illustration at Yale-Peabody West Campus will be launched this September. The classes will be held at the new Community Education Center at West Campus. The schedule will be listed on the Peabody Museum website under West Campus Programs/ Education. It will also be listed in the Peabody Explorer for next fall. In September we will be offering classes in Fundamentals of Natural Science Illustration, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor, Drawing Butterflies in Colored Pencil, Drawing from Museum Specimens, Field Sketching and Natural Science Illustration in Pen and Ink.