Category Archives: Bird Painting

The American Robin

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:

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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:

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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! 🙂

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

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!

A Bathing Beauty

I finished my Blue Jay in watercolor yesterday from my sketch:

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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!!!

An American Robin

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:

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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!  🙂

Mr. Red Head

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:

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I decided to give it a try!  I started with a quick pencil sketch in my art journal:

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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:

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I added details with Prismacolor pencils and a white gel pen to complete it:

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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!  🙂

An Elegant Dancer

My painting of a Red Crowned Crane was inspired by my father-in-law who enjoyed ballroom dancing:

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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!  🌟🌟🌟