Something Feathery

Since we’re celebrating our feathered friends today for Draw-a-Bird-in-July day, I painted a rather whimsical winged creation. I wanted to create a soft, feathery effect, so I started by putting down a rather mottled wash with a deep yellow.

Next I painted the bird in ultramarine, then added in orange feathers and a bit of orange for the underbelly.

I did the complete painting very quickly wet-in-wet, allowing the lines to blur. It’s not intended to be a real species of bird, only a fanciful bird from my own imagination. I hope you enjoy it.

Watercolor 160708


  1. I like your little imaginary bird in flight. He is workin it! He is making me tired with all that flapping! For some reason I just made a bwack noise.

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  2. Yassssss! This reminds me a little bit of the Sarimanok, a legendary Philippine bird. The wet-on-wet technique really works well, giving it that hazy, dreamy look. I love it when an artist creates something entirely out of their imagination. Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much. I’d never heard of the Sarimanok before but now that I’ve looked it up, I have to agree that there’s a bit of a resemblance. It is fun to just follow our imagination, isn’t it!

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