Sketching and painting birds

watercolor bird painting

I’ve been wanting to learn more about painting with gouache. After watching a Skillshare class by Kate Cooke, I was inspired to paint this little bird.

I decided to practice a little watercolor version first. Once I get better acquainted with gouache I’ll be sure to share my adventures with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

watercolor bird painting
watercolor bird painting

I just love how this little guy turned out. Oh those sweet little legs.

Which then inspired more birds…so here we go!

bird sketching practice
bird sketching practice

A few quick sketches working on shapes and not worrying about detail.

It’s always good to warm up and play. I really need to do more of this. Just fill the page and have fun.

watercolor bird sketch
watercolor bird sketch

Tip: A little planning and sketching before any paint hits the paper is really important. By sketching first I can make sure the shapes are as desired and that all elements fit nicely on the page.

chickadee watercolor painting
Chickadee practice and color mixing

This little guy was painted in a separate sketchbook to get ready for my larger painting above. I mixed up a variety of neutral colors and tested them out on my paper.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone. Just play and have fun…be good to yourself.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

You can see more of my work on Instagram @pattyanneart

Author: pattyanneart

An artist in love with watercolor painting and photography. On a journey to share art and happiness.

12 thoughts on “Sketching and painting birds”

    1. Hi Jenna,
      It’s fun trying something new. I have a very small set and need to get some more colors. I’m going to take it slow and try a few small pieces. I think it might be fun to add gouache details to a watercolor piece too.

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