After reading a wonderful article by Colette Copeland in Somerset Studio’s May/June issue, I decided I would try teaching a version of her simple bird drawing and painting techniques to my students. First I cut up watercolor paper for them in easy to mange 4×6″ pieces. Then I gathered all my bird photo reference materials. Before they came I drew a few of my own birds. I chose a warbler, an owl and a snowy plover. When they came I again drew some birds from scratch and allowed them to copy either my birds, the birds in photos or Copeland’s artwork. Then I demonstrated how to apply a simple wash over the piece and add black ink as a finishing touch. They had a fun time and found that the exercise really helped them see the larger shapes in their paintings.
|Look at how whimsical the birds are…the bird in one has found a worm!|
|Here another student works on a snowy plover and her baby.
Do you see the whooping cranes in the background the student has finsihed?
After my students left, I got busy creating birds in my own style
Bird Painting, watercolor … .
Owl Art, bird wildlife wat…
Bird Painting, watercolor …
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This is awesome! Thank you so much for the feature, Miriam.
Awesome, thanks for the feature!
Thank you Miriam!!I love this earthy"collection too!!!
Thank you so much for the feature!
Thank you so much for featuring my treasury in your wonderful Blog !
Thank you, Miriam! This is so cool! Thank you very much for the feature!
One of my favorite "earthy" collection to date. Thanks so much for featuring us on your blog!
♥toni / rctees