Blackbird-Week 12 of #52WeekOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor #ValueStudy


The bird chosen for Week 12 of the  ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds‘  was the blackbird.

I’m in the middle of a big project, so I decided to make this a fast one and did a value study

using the black, gray and white pigments that came in the  Prima Confections ‘Classics’ pan set.  Just to add a pop of color, I used the yellow and darker blue on the bird only.  I kind of did this in bits and pieces, but overall it probably took about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.

I have to say that I am more and more enthralled with the atmospheric feel you get with a monochromatic palette.  Not just black, gray, and white.  I got the same feeling when using brown, black and white.  It’s the simplicity, I think.  Color is wonderful, but with a monochromatic (or mostly monochromatic) painting the shapes take on more importance, even the abstract ones in the background.  And I know my color work is going to improve for doing these, as well.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I’m using for this challenge.

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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