A blogger friend of mine, Create Art Everyday, created a monthly challenge to create a bird for tomorrow’s post on May 8th. She had a wonderful tutorial on Monday on how to sketch a bird. (If you click on her site, it will take you to her post).
I decided on a Scarlet Tanager for my bird:
The photo came from another blogger, Kathy Doremus, who claims she is a backyard bird nerd but I think she is an AMAZING and very GIFTED photographer! (I found out about Kathy from Create Art Everyday on Monday).
I just love this blogging community! 🙂
I painted my above bird in watercolor with a little white gouache on the wings. I messed up on getting the background perspective correct on the birdbath but I learned a ton in the process…
I also painted another Scarlet Tanager, splashing around in the birdbath:
This one I did in watercolor and color pencil. I was trying to create a more painterly approach as I really like how this blogger, Sand Salt Moon, does her watercolors. She makes it look easy! 🙂
I know we each have our own individual styles in art. The more I practice, the more my style will emerge. I just need to keep painting!