Thursday, March 22, 2018
I have attempted to paint birds over the years, but felt frustrated by the outcomes of my efforts. I even dedicated a sketchbook to bird sketches, only to give up after about 12 pages.
Finally, I tore some scraps of paper into squares and rectangles no larger than 7" on a side. And I started to paint small watercolor bird sketches.
This female cardinal sketch is #18 in the project. The sketches are for sale, unframed. Contact me if you might be interested and I will send you images of what is available.
When I started this project, I focused on the basic shape of the bird head and body. As I got more comfortable with the subject, I took more care with color and form. Some sketches use ink line to help delineate shapes. Others rely on value and color.
An all white bird presents its own challenges. How to describe shape within such a high key value scale? In this case, I used a very light blue to help show the forms.
Birding, or more casual bird watching, makes me feel more connected to my environment. It enriches my time outdoors. How about you?