Welcome to the first Draw A Bird celebration of 2020!
This is a parrot we visited on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, last winter. He entertained us with fun acrobatics and loud squawks. His bright, cheerful feather colors are just the thing to cheer up this drab winter day. Hope the New Year is treating you well. Now if I can just train my brain to write the year properly!
Here is a colorful young Carolina duck, also called a wood duck, but he hasn’t quite grown his impressive headdress yet. Still, he has stunning feathers and eye colors.
That just gave me the idea for next month — I’ll paint a close up of the adult male to track the progression of its cool hairdo (feather-do?). I can’t believe how the summer is flying by and hope yours has been great so far!
These pretty tree swallows were captured in photograph by my talented, artistic brother-in-law, Rob, at one of our local parks. I took a little liberty with the background, which really doesn’t show up very well in the scan, but the birds are the stars of the show anyway. These beautiful birds have iridescent dark blue head and back feathers and stark white fronts. Tree Swallows feed on small flying insects that they catch in their mouths during acrobatic flight. I bet that’s a grand sight to see!
Thanks to Charlie from Doolewash for appropriately assigning the prompt of feathery today, and again thanks to Rob for the great reference photo!
Sketching feathers seemed intimidating to me, but once I got started it became a bit addicting. They vary so much in shape and color, and I enjoyed letting my imagination go with these.
That said, while I really liked using all these gorgeous colors, my favorite feather is the brownish one on the top middle, I think because of how the browns and blues intermingled so organically. I also learned that it is easy to accidentally morph a feather into a leaf 🙂 Which do you like best?