I let the oriole sit for a day, then added some cherry blossoms to the background (I felt that the bare branches were too stark looking).
Below is the finished painting (there’s a bit of glare, but it shows up okay). I did some more detail and highlights on the oriole as well, to finish him. Oreo the Oriole was fun to paint!
Colors used: cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, cadmium red light, burnt sienna, titanium white, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, sap green
Baltimore oriole (oil 8 X 11 canvas board)
Okay, the next day, I can start adding details: the fine lines, shadows, and richer overlays of color that help make the painting look more real. I also start refining the tree and the background, adding colors and changing things a bit.
Now, I let it sit for another day to dry, while I decide whether to add blossoms to the twigs…but at this point, the painting is really starting to take shape. I’ll try to show the final painting in the next few days.
Now comes the fun part. I start blocking in the main colors in the bird’s body. It will look pretty rough at this point, but it will give me an idea of what the painting is going to look like. Then, comes the hard part: I have to let it dry for a day before adding the details.
rough out of colors for painting
Next, I create the background. I like to blend colors that are complementary to the main bird; for the oranges and reds and yellows of the oriole, I chose greens, blues and some soft gays.
I will go back later and refine it, but the background sets the tone for the painting.
background for oriole painting
In the next few posts, I will be sharing how I create a bird painting. I love painting birds, in part because since I was very young growing up on a farm, I constantly watched birds. I even checked out a bird book from the library, and learned to identify all of the local birds on the East Coast where I grew up.
When I moved to Michigan this past winter, I discovered that it is a bird watcher’s paradise. Which has led, naturally, to painting the beautiful birds here.
First, I like to observe the birds in nature as much as possible. I also use a good photo reference, which I either take myself, or a good friend has taken and given full use rights to. This is important, because for a painting to be truly original, it cannot be taken from someone else’s source without legal written permission to do so.
I then create a quick sketch, usually in ultramarine blue, on the canvas.
Below is the sketch for my painting of an oriole.
sketch for oriole painting
I like to play with acrylics as well as oil paints. This is a painting of a bouquet that a friend gave me awhile back. It took two days to paint; I loved the bright colors, and put the flowers in a copper pot in my kitchen for contrast.
“Blue Bouquet” acrylic 16 X 20 on canvas board
A few weeks ago, I painted a picture that has special meaning to me. It ishows the love and care of Yeshua for His children.
“He Walks with Me” oil on 16 X 20 canvas board
I hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful and blessed day!