Robin Redbreast in Gouache

Yes I love my birds and remember watching them in our back yard as a kid, when I used to live in England.

I remember the little blue tits pecking the tops of milk bottle tops to drink the cream as the bottle stood in the snow. Now that’s showing my age, I also remember them having Christmas pattens on the lids too.

This this painting is from a photograph I took while visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It was one of my last few days in England and a treat for my birthday from my stepmother to try and cheer me up from getting dumped by my girlfriend.

We had just been visiting the big cats and while I was waiting for everyone to get together to see what animals we would visit next, I spotted a flash of red to my right.

Perched on a fence post was a little robin redbreast, I get excited by the smallest things, In a wildlife park full of exotic animals I go nuts over a wild robin.

So mum asked me to draw an owl them messaged me a day later to change her request to a robin.

Here is the pencil sketch and where the magic begins.

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Pencil sketch

I thought this painting needed a nice light background as I wasn’t that happy with my last water background from the day before.

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Background wash added

Well the fence post that this little robin was sat on didn’t have and snow to paint since it was summer. I had to use someone else photo of snow as a guide.IMG_3515

After about 4hrs later moved onto a rough undercoat of colour for the robin.

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Robin undercoat

The final stages took about another 5hrs to complete with many coats to get all the feathers right.

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I then added a Merry Christmas and boarder on the computer and dedicate this to my mother and stepmother.

Next year I may even print these as proper Christmas cards to sell at my exhibition.

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Merry Christmas to all my readers hope you have had a fantastic year and thank you for reading my blogs and hope to keep you around next year.

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