Painting number 39 is a colourful Jay. These guys are one of favourite from the corvid family. This jay was a wee bit tricky to paint so im going to file this one away for further study and a repaint on some good watercolour paper. I need to work out how to capture that pink grey plumage and maybe add a wee bird mohawk that the jay sometimes sports
A quick sketch of a Nuthatch for painting 38 of my 100 day project.
Having a break from my recent earthy brown palette to paint this brilliantly blue kingfisher. I’ve never seen one although I’m always on the look out when wandering past riverbanks. It seems I’ve been looking for the wrong sized bird. They’re only the size of a sparrow and for some reason I thought they where larger🤷♀️🦅 Also they have to eat a lot! 60% of their body weight a day to survive! Imagine how much sushi you would have to eat if that ratio applied to humans!
My #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna project is still going. It might be progressing at a glacial pace but thats still progress! Today is a grey heron created using a mess of gouache and pencils. There are so many of them around my area, staggering about like socially awkward dinosaurs 😆🦖 but they do look rather magestic in flight
Back to trying to crack this old chestnut! I started this 100 day project with the intention to create a little nature painting everyday for 100 days. But I’ve got way side tracked by other things so now I’m just going to aim for 100 paintings without the time constraint. It’s no fun when I set too many rules on my creativity anyway! So here’s to a 100 at some point project!! 😅
It’s catch up time! I spent some minutes this morning catching up on my #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna so here’s 3 days worth of doodles! Sticking with my favourite themes of Botany and birds today. All are vaguely accurate in botanic or biological ways apart from the thistle because I got confused to what type I was painting. There are so many that look similar but are technically different so no fancy Latin name for that one! I’m happy with it just being purple and spiky!
For todays #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna I painted a Great Spotted Woodpecker. About a month ago I saw one of these when out running I’ve ran past the tree I saw it in at least once a week with a hope of seeing it again. But so far I’ve had no luck. There’s lots of evidence its there since the trees are full of holes but its winning our game of hide and seek so far.
For todays daily painting I decided to get back to painting birds, the Tawny owl to be specific. There is a mystery something that uses our roof at night as a picnic table / regurgitarium. I think it might be one of these but I’ve never seen it. There are to many small animal bones and owl pellets on the ground during the summer for it not to be an owl (it’s mega creepy if it’s not an owl!).