So first up is tonight’s painting. This is a Blue Jay on a branch. I referenced it from a picture of a Blue Jay that I found online. I left out the background, but I think I may go back in and add a simple one to set off the picture. If I do that I’ll repost this picture so you can see which you like better. 🙂
I’m finding that there are certain things I really like. I like to combine watercolor with pen and ink, which I figured I would since I love pen and ink washes. I also like highlights. I probably would have done well learning acrylic painting first, but I love watercolors and always wanted to do those. Still, I like the highlights I can get with a light touch of gel pen. I think it really brings it to life used sparingly. I made a copy of the pencil sketch of this drawing and want to also try a watercolor pencil version of it.
I think I’ve been making this harder than it really needed to be in some ways. Learning a new technique is great fun, but trying to replicate the effects others get with their painting styles is hard and rarely satisfying. I love my last two paintings and, while I used various techniques, I combined it with a more simple draw and paint that found my style a bit more. I love how this bird came out and am very happy with my watercolor blending.
The change of plans part of this post? Well , last night I posted a picture of the yarn I wanted to use for my Dragon Watcher’s Hood by Tiny Owl Knits. Turns out I can’t use it. It calls for Super Bulky yarn and my lovely alpaca is Worsted Weight. I think I may have some super bulky yarns, but it will take some digging to find it. Maybe this is a good excuse to buy a ball of yarn…..? lol.
So TA for now!