Eastern Yellow Robin in Gouache

Today I was looking at challenging myself to create something a little more realistic, and this time with a background.

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Pencil sketch

I start by looking at all my bird photos I’ve taken over the past few years and what would make a nice painting.

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Background Painted

If I create a nice artwork I get worried when it comes to creating a background as this is often after I have painted the main subject.

So I thought this time I would mix things up a little and start with the background, like I do in oils.

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Post painted

I was looking for as much detail as possible while painting the post, even though its only about 3inch across it took me about 4hrs to paint.

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Bird Painted in greys

Next I started painting the eye and then a rough grade of feathers on the bird concentrating on the head.

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Yellow breast added

Next I started to paint the yellow breast feathers, which took about 5 coats of paint and lots of changes of water to keep paint vibrant.

At about 10pm I finished painting the legs as my friend Kelsey said to me years ago “Most people neglect the feet, make sure you do a good job.”

I spent another 1.5hrs in the morning re visiting the feet, feathers and a few bits of the wooden post.

Yellow Robin

I signed my name and then decided to darken the whole background as I thought it was distracting from the bird. Also blue paint has a bit of a shine and back has a mat finish.

So this little Eastern Yellow Robin thats on a small A5 piece of paper took me 3 times longer than the squirrel that I painted the other day.

So much for getting faster the more I paint, I just get more detailed. My next step is to get some finer brushes.

I didn’t misspell my name the I in CHRIS is just faint and I’m about to fix it.

Do you have a favourite bird that you would like to see me paint?

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