So I got out a 5x7 Ampersand panel and my oil paints. I'll show you how I painted it below. The finished painting is available for sale in my Original Art shop: Red Bird in a Summer Garden oil painting
Once I get the composition sketched in, I begin to paint the lawn in the background keeping the green a cool color by adding more blue than yellow. This helps the background recede.
Next are some shrubs. Since this is a well-tended garden, they are trimmed to round ball shapes. I don't get into detail with them because they are in the distance.
Now I add a willow tree on the left and begin to paint some low evergreen ground cover in the foreground.
Pink flowers bloom around the bird bath:
I add a reflection of the willow tree in the clear water in the basin. A few more details and the bird will finish the painting.
So, what do you think? Isn't a Cardinal a great idea?
Here is the finished piece in shades of red, deep pink and green:
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