Draw A Bird, June 2019

This pretty bird is one I’ve never seen before, but apparently they migrate through our area in the spring. A few years ago at a local park, I talked to a photographer who said a scarlet tanager was spotted there earlier, and he was trying to get a good photo.

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Not sure if he ever saw it, but I hope he did. It would be hard to miss with its brilliant coloring.

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Lessons in Pastels

In yet another attempt to loosen up my watercolors, I gave pastels a try. It is more difficult to get fine details with pastels, at least for me, so I signed up for a couple of excellent online classes.

Wave in Pastel
Wave in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft Pastels
Flowers in Soft and Hard Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels
Sunset in Soft Pastels

These three paintings (yes, they are still called paintings even though paint was not used!) were lessons taught by Lindsay Weirich, aka The Frugal Crafter. I love her easy teaching approach, and even though I did not have all the colors she used in her demonstrations, they turned out pretty well for a newbie. I like that I could upload my projects into her teaching platform and ask questions, and in her critique she had kind words to say about my efforts (and I now have a list of colors I want to buy). Actually, her videos have helped tremendously with my watercolor skills in the past, too, and she’s the reason I wanted to learn more!

Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels
Blue Pitcher in Soft Pastels

This last one was a tutorial taught by Art Tutor. They also have a platform to upload student work, but I have neglected to do so just yet. I enjoy getting critiques from the instructors because it is an important tool in learning!

I’m almost finished with a watercolor I have been working on for the past month. Watch for it next week! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Draw A Bird Day, May 2019

It’s been fun watching the migratory birds at the back yard feeder this spring. I tried something new and added a feeder specifically to attract birds that love fruit. One side of the feeder holds a cup filled with grape jelly, and the other side has two spears on which to slide orange halves.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

I was hoping to attract the migrating Baltimore Orioles, but I guess I’ll have to settle for painting one. I’ve read that it could take a few years for the orioles to find it, so I’ll try again next year. Do you enjoy watching the birds? It is so interesting and relaxing.

Draw A Bird Day, April 2019

Each year we look forward to the return of our hummingbirds sometime this month, hopefully within the next week or two. I started putting out nectar already in case we have any early arrivals, but so far we’ve not seen any.

Waiting for the Hummingbirds
Waiting for the Hummingbirds

Even though some artists draw a bird on the 8th of each month, today is the official yearly Draw A Bird Day! Do you feed your yard birds? Have you had any hummers yet?

PS: I was really happy with the loose effect achieved in this painting. Why is it that sometimes it is a struggle but other times it rolls right off the brush? I’ll take the win when I can 🙂