Brian Breeze the Budgie

Butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth – a sweet blue budgerigar in watercolour

I had to paint the sweet expression of this budgie. The way his head is cocked to one side and his plump pear-shaped body are too cute for words.

I used Fabriano Artistico 90lbs hot pressed paper. It is 100% acid free cotton rag paper and so eco-friendly. Also its surface is magical and sensual and shows up watercolour granulations and blurts and runs which add charm and life to a painting.

Paints – French Ultramarine, Cendre Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Raw Sienna and a dab of Burnt Umber for his eye and white for that spark of life inside it.

Come into my “studio” – probably the smallest one in the world. I have less than 2square feet in which to paint! Yikes:)
Paint the entire inside of Brian in watery blues of your choice – let your mood take you – just leave it a little paler around his cheeks.
Whilst still wet/damp add darker blues to the base of his plump body to suggest roundness. I tip the painting up and down to make the paint run and spatter it to create spotty areas because I like that effect:)
Yes – darker again around his belly and add some marks to suggest his tail – oh and spatter as you like. I do this as it breaks the stiffness up and adds another dimensionand makes the eye skitter around the painting.
Now I add his beak and paint the cere indicating he is a boy (blue for boy budgies and pinky/beige for girls) and add pale dark dark grey to show his feather markings around his head. The characteristic darker blue blotches add the classic budgie cheeks.
Here is Brian with his grey feet painted. I darkened up the blue under the white of his neck to create a more definite demarcation for his pretty head.
Now you can go and paint any relative or friend’s budgie – off you go!
Happy painting
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8 thoughts on “Brian Breeze the Budgie

  1. Si JEanette – es muy pequena! verdad! Pero hago muchas pinturas aqua – 500 en un ano mas o menos!

    La semana proxima voy a movar dentro la casa proxima en mi calle! Estoy muy feliz por que necesito mi espacio mismo para vivir y trabajar! Como estas>? A x

  2. Si JEanette – es muy pequena! verdad! Pero hago muchas pinturas aqua – 500 en un ano mas o menos!

    La semana proxima voy a movar dentro la casa proxima en mi calle! Estoy muy feliz por que necesito mi espacio mismo para vivir y trabajar! Como estas>? A x

  3. Wow your studio is tiny. Who'd have thought that such beautiful paintings could come out of such a tiny space, which you obviously keep very well organised. I live in a very small place and I know how tricky it can be to keep it all tidy.

  4. Wow your studio is tiny. Who'd have thought that such beautiful paintings could come out of such a tiny space, which you obviously keep very well organised. I live in a very small place and I know how tricky it can be to keep it all tidy.

  5. Hello Beads2yarn – I cannot think of a cuter name for a budgie than Twink – ::))

    Thanks for taking the time to share your memories of a long ago pet!
    Do you have a bird now?
    Enjoy ! Alison

  6. Hello Beads2yarn – I cannot think of a cuter name for a budgie than Twink – ::))

    Thanks for taking the time to share your memories of a long ago pet!
    Do you have a bird now?
    Enjoy ! Alison

  7. This absolutely gorgeous. The expression you got on this little bird is fabulous.. I love this painting. It looks exactly like a bird I had as a child named 'Twink'

  8. This absolutely gorgeous. The expression you got on this little bird is fabulous.. I love this painting. It looks exactly like a bird I had as a child named 'Twink'

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