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I probably have enough flamingo photos to paint nothing but flamingos for a couple years. It still took me a while to find just the right shot. Of course, there had to be sunlight. But flamingo legs bore me... they're just so long! I liked being able to fit the important parts of this fellow into a square.
If you've just stumbled into my Animal Alphabet Series, you can see the intro and a brief explanation on my A is for Angelfish post.
Here are some flamingo progress shots:
I thought this was done, but ended up scuffling over the background birds with some cooler greens and violets before I scanned it. See the finished painting again below (more accurate color as well.)