Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Broke out the Watercolors

Boy, it's been about 1 1/2 - 2 years since I last used my watercolors. I've done some in the past, some I even really liked, but was never real comfortable or proficient with this medium.
Yesturday I got out my reference photos, found pictures of an Indigo Bunting and apple blossoms. I've been wanting to paint with wc for a while now, and have been inspired by other artists' work, especially bird paintings. So, here's my first try. I like the flowers, but the bird rather sucks.
Then I decided to try one that I had a detailed reference of, and did just the bird. It's an indigo bunting...he kinda looks hairy and am not thrilled to say the least. But better than the first.
Last night I brought up Youtube.com and searched for watercolor painting demonstrations and watercolor painting lessons. I found a bunch and marked quite a few as favs. I think that really helped.
So this morning I couldn't wait until I could paint, and I did this one.
This one is of a bluebird (reference photo by Pat Otten) and I liked how he turned out. So I added the fence post, the background, the grass and hint of flowers. This one I really like.

I'm thinking I will call it Bluebird Song


5 comments:

Aleksandra said...

These are very beautiful.

Sharon K. Shubert said...

Are you hooked now? I just love working in watercolor. Lovely work Brenda. :)

brendathour said...

Ya, I think I am hooked. I am thinking of using Bluebird Song for my avatar. What do you think?

Sujati said...

This is a gorgeous Brenda! I've always found watercolours really tricky!

Chris said...

Your watercolors are really darling!