Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wagtail

Although mainly found in the Old World, wagtails are interesting in that their name derives from the behavior of their tails. They are said to wag their long tails frequently. My interpretation is based on the White Wagtail – Motacilla alba (ref).

To see this bird’s tail and the rest of the painting you’ll need to click the image.

Cheers!

Goldfinch

The goldfinch is a very common bird at thistle feeders where I live. This little guy was sketched with bright yellow, olive green, mineral green, and black dry watercolor pencils.

Cheers and Happy Midsummer!

Rubythroat Songbird

This little guy is an interpretation of a Siberian Rubythroat from my Songbird book. I’ve intentionally dulled the red down but kept the white eye area and overall brown coloring. He was done in dry watercolor pencil and his binomial name is Luscinia calliope.

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Fire Bird

This little guy may not be on fire but his tail feathers have a nice fiery color. His expression makes me think he’s preening to prove he’s more colorful than the background flowers. I used watercolor and gouache paints for the flowers, gouache is not a traditional paint for Chinese Brush Paintings but I like the opaque blue it gave the orchids.

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Fire Bird