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 😀
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. 🙂 🙂
©Pradita Kapahi, 2016