This little beauty visits the feeder often. I was pretty excited when he dropped by and I was able to snap a few photos of him.
I love those big eyes! It looks like he is checking out what’s for dinner.
I was inspired to paint my little backyard friend. I decided to keep things simple and just paint him perched on a branch. I added a fun splashy background to finish up the painting. I may have had a little too much fun with that background but oh well… 😉
Paper: 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolor paint:
Cobalt blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre
Additional details added with a .005 black micron pen and a white gel pen.
In this photo, it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. 🙂
Another happy fella at the backyard feeder.
Over time the tip of your brushes and pens can wear down. Be sure to replace those that have become worn.
I still get a little uptight when a few paintings in a row don’t work out as planned. I’ve found the best thing for me is to hang in there, loosen up, and keep on going. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and have fun.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, have a great week.
A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch. This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.
This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. ❤
This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. 🙂
I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.
I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen. I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch. At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.
Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.
Ahh.. that’s better. 🙂 That color boost really made a difference.
Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.
I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!
A few simple flowers and leaves with my favorite Dagger brush. ❤
For this practice, I limited the colors used and tried to limit the number of brush strokes on each flower. At first I was a little disappointed that I could not master the rose shape but what I realized after playing around a while is that I actually like the irregular shapes best.
I started at the base of the flower putting pressure on the brush and pulling up toward the top, then the same thing on the other side to complete the bud shape.
While the bud was still wet, I tried to cradle it with green leaves. Starting at the base with smaller strokes, I pulled upward to create little leaves on both sides.
The last step was simply painting the stem by starting at the base of the bud/leaves and pulling down to create a fine line.
I loosened up after a while and then tried some other playful shapes. I really like how they turned out.
For this practice piece, I added a blue sky and played a little more.
Nothing complicated, just a few joyful flowers. 🙂
I think it is important to allow yourself time to play…it helps keep things interesting and fun.
For this final painting, I kept things soft and loose. I really love this painting and plan on giving it to a very special couple.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week!