Birdie Blues painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.
I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.
Have a great weekend and do something fun! 🙂
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
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As we close out 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of my favorite birdies from this year.
A few paintings and photos from 2017…
A couple of joyful penguins,
an afternoon swim,
a happy goose,
a sweet little birdie,
and a lovely day at the beach with these beauties.
Painting and sharing with you this year has been such a joy. I will continue on this watercolor journey and will probably paint a few more birds next year as well. 🙂
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I hope my art continues to improve in 2018 and that I can inspire you in some way to be creative and do what you love.
Wishing you a very happy and creative new year!
I love painting birds which is probably not a surprise to many of you following me on this journey. I sketched a little Chickadee during Inktober and just recently got around to painting one.
It is often hard to know when to stop working on a painting, when to walk away and put down the brush. That happened with this painting. I thought my painting was finished, so I signed it and walked away. I took a few pictures and the following day I realized that it really needed more work.
I had a few decisions to make. I needed to take a little time to think about what this painting needed. I had just stopped too soon, but really that was ok. This was an opportunity to learn and share with you some of the decisions that I made while painting this Chickadee.
Chickadee part 1.
Looking at this Chickadee from a distance, I realized that all of the colors were muted.
The color bleed around his head looked like a thought bubble. 🙂 Ahhh no no, not what I intended…
It really needed some bright color and some darker darks.
The eye needed more definition, and that thought bubble just had to go.
After adding more color and punching up the dark values, I was much happier. I was able to address all of the issues that bothered me. I think the result looks much better and feels more alive.
Chickadee – painted on 7×10 inch Canson Watercolor paper.
Watercolor tips and lessons learned:
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A quick post today to share a few of my last sketches from #Inktober. I really enjoyed working in ink and challenging myself. I was very inspired by all of the amazing art shared by other artists online.
A little branch in ink and watercolor, just simple and calm.
Another bird, oh how I love to sketch and paint birds! I’m so in love with that hair. 🙂
A cute little Raccoon sketch in ink. This was a fun practice sketch before working on my larger Raccoon watercolor painting a few weeks ago.
A little bee in ink and watercolor. This was my last #inktober sketch. I’m already looking forward to this fun challenge next year.
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