This is just the type of scene I want to capture and paint. I love birds and have always been a bird watcher. So now I want to paint them. But how do I start? This sketch is an idea but I need to practice, practice practice.
I started doing bird sketches at night from photos I found on the web. I think this is a great way of getting familiar with their anatomy, form and detail. Rather than just sitting there watching the TV, I can keep busy sketching.
I appreciate artists who detail every feather but I really want to try to paint the personality I see in individual birds.
oil on panel
Here's my first study. One day I saw young house finches sitting near the feeder still wanting their mom to feed them even though they were completely capable feeding themselves. They really put on an act every time she came near.