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Two Blue Jays – Which do You Prefer?

It’s been a while since a post – again! Let’s face it, time spent at the computer is time NOT spent painting or drawing or writing. Well, a lot of writing is at the computer, but you get what I mean. Time spent creating is not the same as time spent telling about creating.

On to today’s good stuff! Here are two watercolors of a blue jay. Same format, same colors – Cerulean Blue, Manganese Blue and Mars Black –worked at the same time. One is much better to my eye, what do you think? Do you like #1 or #2, this one or that one?

I’m curious which one is more appealing to you. The winner will become a greeting card in my Etsy shop so please comment!

A Bird of Different Sort: Watercolor Rooster


This is an older painting from several months ago that was never posted. He’s actually the first bird of the sort that I’ve been doing lately. I was so pleased with him; it gave me the push to try the other birds.

He’s a little larger than 5 x 7 and painted only with Quinacridone Gold, Indigo, and Quinacridone Red. The green in the tail is from the Quin. Gold and Indigo mixed – I love that color every time it appears!

His face is sharpened with a touch of Prismacolor colored pencil that looks like Tuscan Red and Goldenrod. I didn’t write them down and don’t remember now which ones they were.

I hope you like him – he was a first of a kind!

Red Tailed Hawk Drawing

I haven’t done enough drawing lately and was feeling the lack. So, here’s a Red Tailed Hawk on gray paper. I think it’s Canson but it was in a stack of miscellaneous paper with no marks or labels so that’s a guess. This hawk is actually a warm toned bird in shades of brown, golds and cremes so my choice of cool colored pencils makes it look much starker.

I sketched the bird lightly with a fine point pencil, then used four Prismacolor colored pencils for the body and beak: Black, White, Indigo and Warm Gray 50%. Two more colors were added to enhance the eyes: Light Umber and Goldenrod.

This was a relatively fast study and, for what it’s worth, fast for me means around 30 to 45 minutes. Overall, I’m pleased with it but, as usual, there’s room for improvement.

Working with the pencils on the colored paper did start me thinking about using watercolor to tone and drawing on that. SO, I’ve got a couple of those lined up to experiment with. Let’s see where that goes!

On a painting note, a new cardinal is available at Etsy. I think he looks festive, so he’s a Christmas Cardinal with the name “Waiting.”


“Waiting”
Christmas Cardinal
5 x 7 Original Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting: A Green Beetle!

This is a little different subject, but I’ve always been fascinated by bugs. Not just the pretty ones like butterflies either. Maybe a new series here, there’s surely a lot of interesting bugs out there! What do you think? Any favorite bugs?
If you are wondering about the birds, I’m still working on birds of prey. As usual, the first painting is not what I had in mind so am working on more that I’m happy with. Currently in progress: American Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Coopers Hawk. I’ll post soon with news on those.
In the meantime, there is a set of 4 note cards available at Etsy or directly from me if you prefer.

Watercolor Bunny Notecards

Finally! After quite a bit of searching and fussing, I’ve been able to make the bunny available as note cards. The first printing was disappointingly pale and that’s not how I want my work to be seen. SO, after persevering with local printers, I was able to get them printed to my satisfaction.
They are available at my Etsy shop or directly from me. Special requests and your thoughts and comments are always welcome!