Tag Archives: bird

Passionate Plumb

I just finished my latest painting of a plum headed parakeet. I just love these birds for their vibrant color and charming personalities. To prepare for  this particular piece, I bought a tube of magenta by Windsor and Newton to add to my paint collection, which really allowed me to get some bright color for that beautiful head.  And I could justify a shopping trip to the art store…yay!!!  I am trying to pull back some on the detailing and allow for abstract creation, and this piece was definitely a journey in the right direction for me.  Watercolor is so beautiful when it is just allowed to flow and blend and do what it does, so hopefully being a little less “demanding” of it will lead to more intriguing effects.

 

F Is For Flamingo

What a lovely shape and colors!

Doodlewash

Flamingo Doodlewash

The hands down most suggested bird was a Flamingo for today’s doodlewash and entry into Draw A Bird Day (hosted this month by Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness on behalf of Laura at Create Art Everyday). I decided to try this one fast and loose and limit the palette to just three main colors. I also had precious little time to paint today, so this was really my only option.

Flamingos have rather tiny eyes, so getting an expression was a bit tough. I prefer things with larger eyes, but it was fun to play with brighter colors. Had I more time, this one would be standing in water, but I purposely cropped that bit and just focused on the bird instead. Flamingo comes from the Spanish word flamenco, “with the colour of flame”, or colloquially just meaning “cocky” which I guess you can be when you are…

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Kestrel Art

I recently completed my kestrel painting and got lots more experience playing around with techniques.  I am still trying to get larger spatters around my subjects and recently read that you can squeeze paint from a larger paintbrush to achieve that effect.  Will have to try that on my next piece!  In the meantime, I hope you all see something you like in this tiny bird of prey and venture out to get creative on your own!

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Another Bird in the Hand

watercolor of Pilealated Woodpecker
watercolor of Pilealated Woodpecker

Here is my newly completed work “Chopper”.  He is a North American Pileated Woodpecker, and it was fun hanging out with him as he took shape.  I am really trying to find a balance between being detailed and adding some splashes, spills, and splatters to create a dynamic.  I think the balance in this piece is a bit closer to where I want to be.

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Owl Try This Again Sometime

I just finished “Archimedes”, my little Saw Whet owl.  While painting this I tried to start incorporating some much looser strokes, and I spent a lot of time flicking the brush around the edges to create atmosphere and dynamics.  Even at rest, I wanted this guy to have some energy!

watercolor painting of screech owl
watercolor painting of screech owl