I didn't have a post set up for today but I just received an email from reader Kelly who recommended the website of Karl Martens. His bird paintings are exquisite and you need to check them out. I thought about saving this note for a weekend for visual eye-candy, but you really need to start checking them out now. There are some wonderful magpie-ish birds and a raven and some wonderful ducks and, and, and…It is truly amazing what someone who understands both bird form and watercolor can do. Martens also knows just when to focus on detail and fade away into a splatter of paint.
His duck, which is image 11 of 95, is a perfect example of this, with detailed eye and bill, but body softened by using the rough texture of his watercolor paper. Go look now.