Thursday, February 23, 2017

Watercolor of Cardinal Bird on a Branch

This lovely watercolor of a cardinal is an example I did for an art lesson I was giving to some young art students. I also created a how to paint worksheet of this project and this was part of that worksheet too.

The background is mottled greens and blues and indistinct on purpose. I used a lot of water and let the color blend on the paper. I worked it over a little and added more color to give it contrast to the red bird.

The bird was just a flat red so I used some violet to give some shadow and a little roundness.

The branch was easiest. I used watery violet for the base of the shadow and went over it with payne's gray and finished with sienna brown.

I am very pleased with the project since it was only a quick study and not more than 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 inches high.  I will toss it into a little frame and it can be a gift or a small offering at an art show or something.

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