ArtFest 2012 is this week. One of the classes I am taking, The Curiosities Within, by Tracie Huskamp, will focus on detail of found objects from nature. Besides the detail of painting, I will also learn how to fold, sculpt and manipulate paper into three-dimensional curiosities.
Painting a bird wing with acrylics instead of watercolors will be a challenge. Layers of depth are easier to glaze with watercolors. If done slowly and thoughtfully the feathers become light are airy. Watercolor layering starts with light and works toward dark hues. Acrylics tend to go from ultra-marine to sienna, to yellow ochre, and light gray.