Watercolor Birds – Three Ways

Well, I decided to join a Painting Guild, in the hopes that this would get me in the studio more.  I was supposed to go last Thursday, and didn’t think that I was AT ALL nervous about it, but apparently I was.  I felt the need to have some paintings partially prepped; I didn’t want to go there and start a painting from scratch.  This is because I didn’t want to have to draw in front of anybody.  Now, this is silly, really.  I can, in fact, draw quite well (https://groovydoovyartstudio.com/drawings/).  However, I rarely do it, so I get rusty.

Anyway, I decided today to just DO a painting or three, since I chickened out last Thursday.  My plan was the same drawing, but three different ways.  I’m using 140 lb watercolor paper cut to 9.5″ x 9.5″.  If they turned out well enough, I would have mounted them on 10″ x 10″ cradle board.

I drew this same image three times.  The first one has Frisket on it, to save the whites.

Drawing1

Here’s the first attempt.  Fully painted, and you can still see the Frisket.  I really love the look of this, and in the photo the frisket looks almost like gold.

GoldPen1

Frisket removed.  Still pretty cool.  It has a sort of batik look to it, I think.

GoldPen4

I thought it would look cool if I went over the white lines with a gold pen.  Yeah, it wasn’t cool………

GoldPen5

This next one was drawn using an Elegant Writer pen, which bleeds when it gets wet.

Drawing2

I then used a wet paintbrush to drag the ink around for shadowing, a bit of detail, etc. and I added a teeny tiny bit of color.

ElegantWriter2

Kinda cool.  But too boring for a picture that you’d hang.  More like something you’d do in a journal.

And lastly, same drawing, with frisket for the whites.  I used salt for the background.

NoOutline1

This time, I just used a wet brush to soften all the white lines.  I like it.  I wouldn’t put it in a show, but I like it.

NoOutline2

This was a great exercise because I could really play around with the images, and the materials, and the colors, without feeling that I was going to wreck a “good” painting.

This might become a thing for me…………..

ZAllThree

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4 Responses to Watercolor Birds – Three Ways

  1. Jen says:

    I actually like the 2nd one with the Elegant writer pen. I watched the utube video you sent me on this pen and loved its application.

  2. Janice says:

    The Elegant writer pen is my favourite too. They’re all wonderful but this one truly stands out.

    • mckitt123 says:

      Wow, that surprises me that both you and Jen like the Elegant Writer painting best. That’s interesting, actually… I think I’m not that keen on it because I’m such a fan of wild bright colors. Thanks for the comments!

  3. The favorite one says:

    I really like to see how the same subject can be so different by just using different material and techniques. I too like the second one best.

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