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

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  1. Beautiful and feathery Judith! Soft and pretty.

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  2. I love it! A very happy birdy.

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  3. dawnmarie

    Hey Judith. Laura said just to post it in her bird post in the comments…

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  4. dawnmarie

    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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  5. You bird is definitely so in love with life! With wings open and spread to capture love and happiness. He is such a keeper!

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  6. Beautiful image Judith, good use of the unique properties of watercolor to suit the subject.

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  7. It is fun to play with color and yay for not making mud with blue and orange! You’re learning to tame the WC beast! Congratulations, Judith! I like your fanciful bird. 💙

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  8. Love it! It’s like Bird of Paradise meets Hummingbird :-))

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  9. 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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    • 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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