Take a bow Mr Budgie! Watercolour demo

Here we have a dapper budgie (is there any other kind?) painted in simple steps.

Materials used –  Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Burnt umber, cobalt blue and a touch of winsor violet. He was painted onto gorgeous Fabriano Artistico 90lbs hot pressed paper with a fab watermark.

I love this paper – so expressive and lets the paint run and granulate beautifully for a sensual look.

This is the finished budgie.
Paint the entire inner area with dilute washes of blues – any you like just leave his head a little paler than the rest.

Start adding darker patches of blue whilst the area is still wet. Also add greys to define wing patterns and facial markings.

Now keep on going darker with the blues around his chest/belly to create roundness – don’t be afriad of banging them in as they will dry lighter and there is nothing worse than indecisive or fearful colour. Whack it in.
Now add yellow/tan for the beak and if he is a boy paint his cere blue and brownish pink if a girl. I only found out today from a lady called Jan that the cere is the bit above the beak! Fascinating fact! Add more definition to the thin black markings on his wings and face. Define his eye with a dark colour then add a speck of white watercolour for his soul. I like to spatter paint all over my animals as it adds another dimension to them and keeps your eye bouncing around the image. 

I hope you will try painting thsi budgie – he is a lovely little project on an piece  of 5×7 or 8×10 inch paper and a real charmer.

Alison

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10 thoughts on “Take a bow Mr Budgie! Watercolour demo

  1. Howdy John – glad you liked this little demo – how's Helen – I see her artwork is expanding as ever and getting more and more beautiful (if that is possible:)

    How are things in Tenerife?

    A

  2. Howdy John – glad you liked this little demo – how's Helen – I see her artwork is expanding as ever and getting more and more beautiful (if that is possible:)

    How are things in Tenerife?

    A

  3. Yes, I think he was made to swing! 😀 (Maybe you could just hint at one between his legs?) Anyway, I WILL be whacking out the watercolor sketches everyday soon during my yearly daily summer sketching series. Thanks again for the inspiration Alison!! I appreciate your GREAT WORK.

  4. Yes, I think he was made to swing! 😀 (Maybe you could just hint at one between his legs?) Anyway, I WILL be whacking out the watercolor sketches everyday soon during my yearly daily summer sketching series. Thanks again for the inspiration Alison!! I appreciate your GREAT WORK.

  5. Hi there – glad you like my whacking words! Do you know – you are right – now that I look at him again he looks like he was born to swing! On alittle perch he would look just dandy wouldn't he? Th ething is in my store all my images are purely animals with no props usually. What I may do though is do it again for just a demo purpose.

    Thanks for your comments and do show me any paintings where you have incorporated whacking! A

  6. Hi there – glad you like my whacking words! Do you know – you are right – now that I look at him again he looks like he was born to swing! On alittle perch he would look just dandy wouldn't he? Th ething is in my store all my images are purely animals with no props usually. What I may do though is do it again for just a demo purpose.

    Thanks for your comments and do show me any paintings where you have incorporated whacking! A

  7. I love your demo, your spirited portrait and your “Whack it in” advice, Alison. I may need to borrow that quote sometime! What would you say to adding a perch for him to hang out on?

  8. I love your demo, your spirited portrait and your “Whack it in” advice, Alison. I may need to borrow that quote sometime! What would you say to adding a perch for him to hang out on?

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