Moving from the graphite version of this fine fellow, I decided to do a watercolour study this time. As if often does with me, it turned into a bit of mixed media piece. So, here we have watercolour, a tiny touch of ink, some watersoluble graphite, and just a smidge of gouache. As always, my camera has washed out the blue background some. It’s more vibrant in real life.
Next up will be the seagull in watercolor. At least, that’s my intention! Who knows? And then all three of these birds will get the collage treatment.
Almost halfway through my goal of painting/drawing/collaging 100 birds! Today, I’ve done another pencil and water soluble graphite sketch. This time it’s a gull sitting on a seaweed covered rock. These guys were experts at finding and eating little crabs that got caught in the tidal pools.
I find these birds so striking with their funky feather crowns. They have superior fish-catching skills, making them the Fisher Kings!
According to AllAboutBirds.org, this is a female. “Females are blue-gray with a chestnut belly-band and flanks.” The males don’t have the colourful belly-band, which I find unusual, since most male birds are more colorful than their female counterparts.
Here’s one more oriole! The client who bought my last one loved it, but it was in the wrong orientation to fit into her display of other birds. She asked if I could do another, and we could swap them. And of course, I said, “For sure!” So my other watercolor oriole is back home with me, but if anyone wants it, just let me know! Click here to see him.
This little guy was all puffed up on a cool day, making him look quite chubby. I love his pose, because it seems like he’s saying, “Who are you calling chubby??”
These tiny sparrows arrive in the early spring around here. I noticed the other day that they are still around, and they are actually quite bold! One was hopping around my feet while I was filling the feeders, and flew right up to getting something to eat as soon as I hung the feeder back up.
It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and these two have started celebrating already! I had fun painting this pair of lovebirds. Yes, it was going along great until I really, really messed up the background and it became a muddy mess.
What to do? I didn’t want to start all over, so I got out my white acrylic paint and covered it over! And then I went even further and added some paper hearts. And a little crayon. Now it is truly a mixed media piece of art. And I actually kind of love it!
I was busy yesterday and didn’t get a watercolor done, so decided to do a quick one today. We’ve been experiencing quite the weather rollercoaster here. Last week, it was excruciatingly cold, this week rain, freezing rain and chance of thunderstorms this evening. More like something these three friends would enjoy!
I’ve only seen this elusive little bird twice in my life, and for only a few seconds each. This is an Indigo Bunting, a tiny brilliant blue bird about the size of a sparrow, or smaller. The first time I saw it was when I was very young, at Rondeau Provincial Park in Ontario. The second time, was a few years ago in my backyard, perched on the fence around our pool and just long enough for me to say, “Oh!” and he was gone.
He’s another contender for the Twitter Art Exhibit. I like this little guy so much, I think I’ll do him again in collage and in a different setting. Stay tuned!
It’s a new year, and I’ve decided to embark on an adventure. This adventure will probably take more than a year, but I’m going to try to paint or collage 100 birds! Birds are one of my favorite subjects and there are thousands and thousands of species to choose from. Although I’m going to try and do as many different species as I can, I can’t promise that I won’t be sticking with a favourite or two! (Crows come to mind.)
Although I have done a couple of bird paintings fairly recently, I will start from when I decided to do the series, which was today!
This is a small watercolour, one of the contenders to enter the Twitter Art Exhibit this year. She is a lovely female cardinal and I’ve named her Northern Lady.