I’ve been working on a chickadee painting the last few weeks. I thought it would be fun to show you how it came together.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I sketched out the birds and branch first.
Then I started by painting the chickadee family.
For the darkest color I mixed up Daniel Smith Paynes Gray + Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna Light (going heavy on the Paynes Gray). It took a few washes of paint to build up the dark areas on the head and neck. It’s really important to get that detail right.
Next up was the background. I thought about it for a while and decided to go with some loose flowers and leaves. It was a nice base but needed much more color.
Trying to be fearless, I jumped back in with more paint to boost the background color. I just love how that wakes thing up.
I will finish with a close up view of these cute little guys. I just love how they turned out.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. 😊
Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
I’ve been enjoying the Cardinals at the backyard feeder. I have a few cute photos and a watercolor painting to share with you today.
Happy Sunday! 🙂
I think this pic is pretty cute but I’m not sure that he approved. Just look at his expression below. 😉
Um… hold on now, that’s not my best side.
There you go, that’s the shot you’ve been looking for. ❤
Once again, I had to contain my excitement long enough to snap these photos. I was lucky to have the window open and my camera ready when this male Cardinal stopped by.
I decided to try painting the 2nd photo above. I just love that look he gave me.
Sweet Cardinal painted on 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block using Daniel Smith watercolors
There are parts of this painting that worked well and parts that did not.
I didn’t quite get the tilt of his head, but that is ok. I’m very pleased with the background color and splash. I think there is always something to learn from each painting. The most important thing for me is having fun and enjoying the process.
Creating art and listening to music brings me so much joy. Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create and do something you love.
Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.