Magpie – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


This week’s bird for the ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds‘ was the magpie.

Confession time.  I screwed up.  First I made the bad choice to use up paint on my palette.  It was from the Qor Landscape set – Transparent Brown Oxide, Venetian Red, Indigo, Naples Yellow, Raw Umber and Sap Green.

It’s such a muted set of colors.  I used it for the Goldfinch, but added Hansa Yellow Medium to brighten it up.  This time though I put too much paint down, and felt adding the yellow would just muddy things.

I also tried making these birds into white-throated magpies where the white is in quite different areas. But compositionally this just wasn’t working.  I’d already painted the white areas for a common magpie, so I … *cue horror music* … used white acrylic paint to cover the Indigo.

I’m not totally unhappy with the results, but I’ll definitely think twice about using this particular palette again.

I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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