I love birds and animals of all kinds, except lizards (read here just how much I hate them). When I was a little girl my Mother would take me and my brother to our native place which is nestled in the Himalayas (Garhwal, to be specific. Read about my impressions and love for the place here).

The region is replete with flora and fauna unique to it and we had the privilege of seeing different kinds of birds found in the area, like Hummingbirds, Sunbirds, Robins and Hornbills. One of my favourites was a black bird, slightly bigger than a Sunbird, with a deep red chest. I never came to learn its name because it was a rare sight and I must have seen it only a handful of times, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a Cardinal. I just Googled it up and the closest I could get to it was this picture of a Minivet, apparently. I still am not sure if its the same, my memory of it is very hazy. If any of you discerning folks know anything about the bird I’m talking of, please let me know. Thanks!

This watercolor painting/sketch was inspired by birds – colorful birds.


As usual, a lack of real artistic knack and formal education in art proves to be my undoing, as much as a  gross lack of perseverance and patience. Still, I like the fact that it looks passably amateurish πŸ˜€

I first made a practice sketch which turned out half-decent (in truth, I like the practice sketch better than the final painting).


Then, I first made an outline with pencil and later covered the pencil marks with masking fluid so that the sky won’t leak into the bird-bodies, and then later painted the birds with a combination of watercolors and aquarelle pencils. I like the control that aquarelle pencils offer, because like I said in one of my previous posts, I’m hopelessly hopeless when it comes to painting with colors. But I JUST LOVE colors…. bright, light and pastelly….I love how paintings make even the most mundane and ludicrous into something dreamy and luscious. I wish I had more talent to become an artist. Sigh!!!!

Anyhow, lemme know your thoughts on this one folks, and any tips on how I can improve on it are more than welcome. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Till later!!



Β©Pradita Kapahi, 2016


21 thoughts on “Birds

  1. Pradita, like you, I too Crave to be talented like a Real Artist. I can imagine myself, sitting infront of a beautiful breathtaking nature’s scenic view and painting it on my canvas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even Salman Khan is an Artist Painter. And I cannot draw a straight line also. But its in my Bucket List for sure.

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  2. I just adore birds, especially the tiny ones. They are so different from us and they make for a beautiful planet. We have got a pair of sparrows building a nest in our home and it is a delight waking up to their chirps. πŸ™‚

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    • Sparrows are cute. Pigeons not anymore for me. I love birds too, but pigeons. Theyve been wrecking havoc all over my balconies, trying to nest just anywhere they can find a place. And they’re like an egg machine I swear. No sooner has the fledgling grown up than theyll ΰ€²ΰ₯‡ another one. And they smell 😷😷😷😷😷

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