Getting in a really Fowl Mood for Christmas

Not literally but artistically!

An original watercolour goose - approx. A3
An original watercolour goose – approx. A3

I have been asked to paint s pheasant and a goose. The goose is from a photo I took of one near Caerphilly castle where I live last May.

She could make a lovely accent piece in a rustic country kitchen or equally in a farmyard themed nursery perhaps:) To purchase a print of this goose please click here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/168525288/goose-print-fowl-animal-paintings-bird

Here are 4 stages of the pheasant – there were more than this but I forgot to stop as I was so engrossed in the painting!

Painting a pheasant in watercolour
Painting a pheasant in watercolour

The process for both was long but extra long for the goose as I needed several pale washes to define her fine plumage and soft feathering patterns on her body.

I painted these quite large for me – A3 – and they were a challenge. I photographed the stages to help me remember in future as it was very, very fiddly and demanding.

pheasant etsyHere are some of the stages – I used Arches hot pressed 90lb paper (unstretched) and Winsor & Newton tube paints in Winsor Orange, French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, and Rose Madder Genuine plus a speck of Titanium White for the opaque dot in her eye.

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