Fearless Friday, Watercolor Bird on a Branch

A recent prompt for the January 2023 Doodlewash art challenge

was “branches”

I often go to Pixabay for free photos to paint

and when I searched for branches on their site

this photo of a bird caught my eye

Birds are a little out of my comfort zone so I began with a pencil sketch

drawing and erasing until the shape was right

I started with a light yellow wash and then added darker yellow

and gray blue strokes to indicate his feathery chest

I decided to keep the branches, leaves and flowers more abstract

so the bird would really stand out

A little splatter to finish

“Bird on a Branch” 8″ x 8″ watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper

Can you tell I’m thinking about Spring?

Happy creating and

Be Fearless!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest

Karin’s Cottage Linky Party / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Whimsey Home Wednesday Full Plate Thursday

Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

29 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Watercolor Bird on a Branch”
  1. This gives me a spring feeling 🙂 the colour is just gorgeous.

  2. Mary says:

    Jenna, Your inspiration photo looks like a chickadee that was colorized in yellow and blue. I love your beautiful and artistic rendition with your signature splatter, so colorful! Happy Friday ♥

  3. Rita C. says:

    Great rendering, Jenna! I’m thinking spring too!

  4. What a pretty bird, is it a real species? Spring is on my mind as well with the unusually warm January we’ve been having.

    • I have no idea, it certainly looks real in the photo I used to paint from. Thanks Carole, it’s supposed to get colder this weekend, snow flurries are in our forecast today!

  5. Kari says:

    Beautiful Jenna! Hugs

  6. Your bird is so darned cute! Well done and so cheerful. Gets my mind off the gloom outside!

  7. Very cheery, colorful and created to perfection!

  8. I love how you teach us to layer.

  9. lghiggins says:

    I went to “at Home” today. I had thought about picking up something wintery for my front porch area–wreath or swag perhaps. To my surprise, there was nothing there. A small Valentine area and then they moved right into Easter and Spring. I guess I learned my lesson! Your bird tutorial is wonderful as is the end product!

  10. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love him, Jenna, he is so cute! The whole composition is great, and I like how you painted the branches, too. I hope you’re having a great weekend and staying warm!

  11. For being out of your comfort zone with birds you did an amazing job on your feathered friend. Beautiful artwork! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty.

  12. Kim says:

    Jenna, you did a beautiful job – especially for something that was out of your comfort zone! It sure is a pretty bird – I had no idea birds came in that color – and I love the splatter on the finished picture. Did I read snow in your forecast? Yikes! Hope you have a great week anyway

    • Thank you Kim, it was fun to paint! We didn’t get snow, just very cold for a few days after awful tornadoes last week, but it’s back to warmer temps now, almost 70 yesterday, much better 🙂

  13. Joanne says:

    You did a wonderful job! Such a cute little bird on a branch. I haven’t used watercolors since college…

  14. So pretty! I hadn’t thought of looking at a photo for inspiration, but that makes a lot of sense.

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