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.
Lovely....It's so great to see you back at it! We have goldfinches here that are so bright they look like wild canaries. We, too, love our backyard birds...and they are wonderful to paint.
Glad you are back here. And that was a very sensible observation..100 degree heat is not good on the body! Better have you painting than fainting!
I really like this painting! On a side note....did you know blue jays are the jerks of the bird world?
Love this painting, Peter!
I'm a bird watcher/painter too.
Thanks for the progress shots!
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