Ink and watercolor, I love that combination. I have an Owl painting to share with you today. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Great Horned Owl on pexels.com.
I was attracted to the big bright eyes of this Owl and tried make sure they really popped in this painting. I started off with a light pencil sketch of the eyes and beak making sure to get the proper placement and distance between them. As I’ve noted before, this is a key step for me before diving in.
Watercolor Tip: Always make sure that the eyes are dark enough, don’t be shy with color here. It is also important to leave a few white spots for where the light hits the eyes.
Owl ink and watercolor painted on 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook
As I was painting, I remembered to use a light touch and tried to make all of my ink and paint markings in the same direction as the feathers on the Owl. I love the prominent feathered tufts on his head, a cute and wild hairdo. ❤
I plan to work on another Owl sometime in the future, there is so much to learn and improve upon. It was a lot of fun, quite a Hoot!
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and love “hoo” you are! 🙂
I worked on sketching and painting a Blue Jay this week. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo on pexels.com (a favorite online site that has free stock photos for artists to use).
After a light sketch in pencil, I used black Micron pens to complete the sketch. I love Micron pens, the ink is waterproof and fade proof, just perfect for using with watercolor.
Watercolor Tip: Gently erase any remaining pencil lines before painting. Leftover pencil markings will be impossible to remove once they’ve been painted over. If you forget to remove them, it is no big deal. I’ve done that many times. 🙂
Adding watercolor is the fun part and it brings the birdie to life. I added a little extra splash here and there to make the painting more lively and to hopefully create more interest.
Watercolor tip: To create a bit of splash, I loaded the brush with color and then tapped on the handle directly over my paper. I repeated the splash using a few different size brushes and colors. Splashing and spattering can be a bit messy, I like to cover my work area with paper towels to catch any overspray.
Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Burnt Sienna Light
Cobalt Teal Blue
Conversation with Birdie – a little poem that I wrote.
Now, if only Mr. Blue Jay would stick around long enough to chat. 🙂
Tell me your thoughts little birdie
Are you free from worry?
What is it like to fly above?
Is your heart filled with love?
How do you know your way?
Please share with me today.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.
A quick post today with a few watercolor birds. I’m guessing you are probably not surprised to see a few more bird paintings. 🙂
I painted this little bird last month. I really like the green background and the contrast of the soft bird next to the rough branch.
Bird on a branch painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper
This week I worked on painting a Tern, or beach bird as I like to call them. I just love that the Tern has a crazy cool hairstyle. My hair would probably look like that too if I played at the beach all day. 🙂
I was a bit worried about painting sand. I tried to vary the direction of the brush strokes when putting down the color. I hoped that making the sand look uneven would give it a more realistic look. I think it was a good exercise. I like that the sand softly fades off into the distance behind my beach bird.
Beach bird painted on 9×12 inch Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love for you to join me on this creative journey.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something fun! 🙂