Let's see how I did this 8x10 inch watercolor painting:
With this scene, I changed the position of the bird three times before I was satisfied.
Later, I may darken the upper sky areas with more washes of blue, but for now, it's enough of a background to judge the other colors against.
Since this is fairly close up, I can add in plenty of detail to the bird.
You can click any of the images to see them larger.
Here I'm adding background trees to the bottom of the painting.
I use more blue, muted colors to make the background recede and the foreground leaves come forward. Blue is a cooler color than green. Cool colors recede and warmer colors advance. This is called "Aerial Perspective" which has to do with atmospheric properties.
After making a few more adjustments, the painting is finished. Way up high in a white birch tree, a little Carolina Wren enjoys a beautiful summery day.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the demo. Below is the collection of four seasons of wrens. What a great idea my collector had, don't you think? You can find my bird prints in my Fine Art Prints Shop here.
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