Red Cardinal Watercolor.
I was away this past week on a wonderful “GFC” (Girlfriend Camp) trip, followed by a couple days of grandie girls and family fun.
This past Sunday afternoon, after over a week away from any ARTing, I found a bit of time in my art studio to paint.
I always fear when I’m away from it for a while, I will “forget” how to do it.
I decided to do a bird, then chose a cardinal. I had some Simon & Garfunkel playing. I felt completely relaxed, and just painted. No drawing. No warm-up. And I got lucky and loved the result.
Just in case it turned out, and because I’ve been asked about sharing my process and “teaching,” I took a few quick iPhone photos of the steps I took along the way to share with you.
I found a cardinal photo on my ipad and then started with the eye placed where I thought was about right on a 10×16 sheet of Arches Cold Press. I used Daniel Smith Indigo and Quinacridone Gold, leaving some white for the highlights in the eye.
When painting loose, you need to have a focal point, and when a bird or animal, a good focal point is the eye and/or beak/nose. So from the eye, I used a wet brush to outline the beak, then added some Daniel Smith permanent deep red and water to blend the colors.
I deepened some of the colors and added the crown shape of the cardinals head and the shape of its neck. This is pretty much all the “detail” I wanted in this painting.
From here, I added some more of the red and some cadmium yellow.
Then I just got super loose adding some violet and blue and green gold, lots of water for movement, and more indigo splashes. I held the painting up vertically to let the drips run.
And this is what resulted. I’m happy with how it turned out, and so glad to know I didn’t “forget” how to do it after being away for a while.
Have a wonderful day, and don’t be afraid to fearlessly and joyfully go for whatever it is you love to do!
Cheers & Hugs,