A little quickie. Wasn’t planning to paint anything or sketch today, but I was inspired by Laura’s blog post and Jill’s blog post to draw a bird on May 8th – so here’s mine. I outlined the silhouette of a bird on a branch in graphite, then I used my Fantasia watercolor pencils (dry on dry) to add hues of yellow, green, blue, purple, orange and pink. I decided this would be a very colorful bird. Dipping my paint brush into clear water, I work the dry pencil areas on the paper to give it a “painterly” feel, here and there adding a little pan paint as needed. No background. I always do backgrounds, but this being a quickie exercise, I decided to leave the background undone, so as not to compete with the very colorful bird. Happy Draw a Bird Day!
P.S. Updated – after showing this to my father, the artist (see my “About” page), he told me to put some blue in the feet to separate them from the branch – so I did.