Mitsib doesn’t seem to be issuing the weekly challenges for ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ on a regular basis. I like to keep up the flow so I decided that I’ll paint a bird a week in the book I have designated for this challenge. I’ll incorporate her challenges as they come up, and decide what to do if I run out of pages, when and if that comes.
I’ve wanted to paint a Lady Gouldian’s Finch (aka the Gouldian Finch or Rainbow Finch) for a while- they’re so colorful! However, my favorite resource the Morguefile failed me, so I had to use more than one photo reference and combine them.
I made things more difficult by choosing to do this at 2:30 AM. I’ve had a bronchial thing going on where coughing keeps me up (it’s getting better) and I decided if I couldn’t sleep, I’d something other than staring at walls. It also turned that there was something on the paper, so I got a weird triangle thing in a ring on the wing. The best part about that was making it rhyme, lol.
All told, not bad for the difficulty rating. This will be a good one to do again, because it has lots of room for improvement, making it a good exercise.
Many of the paints I used I had already mixed, and it was late at night, so I’m not sure exactly what pigments were used.
This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I’m using for the ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’.