I haven’t drawn a REAL bird in awhile so I decided to try the American Robin.
I have been observing them outside my kitchen window snacking on dried red berries from my crabapple tree.
I started with a light pencil sketch on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper before I added a wash of color:
The robins have been fluffing up their feathers to keep themselves warm since we still have winter with more snow on the way! ;-( Apparently, the robin’s body temperatures are 104 degrees Fahrenheit so by fluffing up their feathers they keep their bodies warm.
I finished my painting by adding details with watercolor pencils:
I will be adding this American Robin to my mixed media sketchbook. I will show you my completed page next Monday.
When I see a Robin in winter, I will picture them a little differently now. A sauna comes to mind… perhaps there is a future weird bird here! 🙂
P.S. If you’d like to see a previous post I did on a Robin, you can find it here: An American Robin It is wonderful to look back and see how I am making progress in my drawing and watercolor skills!
Posted in Art Journal, Bird Painting, Uncategorized, Watercolor Birds
Tagged American Robin, Draw A Bird Day, drawing, learning, real birds, sketchbook, watercolor, Winter
I finished my Blue Jay in watercolor yesterday from my sketch:
I added watercolor and some watercolor pencils to finish it! Here is a before and after photo:
Thanks again Kathy for giving me permission to use such an AWESOME photo as a reference!!!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
P.S. No weird birds today… Just a Blue Jay!!!
Posted in Art, Bird Painting, Draw A Bird Day, Drawing, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Art, art journal, birds, Blue Jay, drawing, mixed media, sketchbook, watercolor, watercolor pencils
I found a dead Robin on the sidewalk in front of my home today. I’m not sure how it died but I decided to include it in my nature journal today:
I see them everywhere here in the Pacific Northwest so I often take them for granted. I enjoyed remembering my feathered friend today as I did a sketch in my journal with pencil first and then pen. Finishing it with a loose watercolor painting and including a feather or two. 🙂
I did a collage of a Robin last Spring that you can find here.
Happy Friday! 🙂
Posted in Bird Painting, Feathers, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged #naturedoodlewash, American Robin, Art, birds, black micron pen, drawing, feathers, Nature Journal, sketchbook, watercolor
I haven’t drawn or painted a bird in awhile. So when I saw a photo of a Red-bellied Woodpecker on Kathy’s blog:
I decided to give it a try! I started with a quick pencil sketch in my art journal:
I tried to pay attention to the negative space around my bird so I could get the angles drawn correctly.
Next, I made a copy of my bird onto tissue paper so I could transfer it to watercolor paper. I painted a light base in watercolor:
I added details with Prismacolor pencils and a white gel pen to complete it:
I learned online that a Red-bellied Woodpecker was named for the unique pinkish tinge on the belly, common to both genders.
I hope you check out Kathy’s blog! She takes AMAZING bird photos! And I like her sense of humor too.
Happy Bird Watching! 🙂
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Tagged birds, color pencils, drawing, learning, mixed media, painting, pencil sketching, photo reference, Red-bellied woodpecker, watercolor, white gel pen
My painting of a Red Crowned Crane was inspired by my father-in-law who enjoyed ballroom dancing:
Also known as a Japanese Crane, it is renowned for their spectacular and elaborate courtship dances – usually performed in pairs.
This Crane symbolizes long life and since my FIL lived until he was 87 , it seemed fitting! Dancing became the highlight of his life in his later years which I’m sure helped him live a long life too. 😃
I sketched my painting in pencil and then outlined it with a Micron pen on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper – painting it with gouache.
Happy Dancing! 🌟🌟🌟
Posted in Bird Painting, Watercolor
Tagged Art, birds, black micron pen, Dancing, facts, fun, gouache, memories, mixed media, painting, Red Crowned Crane, Symbolism