Western Tanager


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Painting Colorful Birds for Fun

‘.  It’s a western tanager which I’d never heard of before.   It’s found on the west coast of north and south america from Panama to Alaska.     This is small – postcard size (see below) and the paper is not great but it’s a good size for a quick tweetybird.
Intermediates below

I did a quick underdrawing with a pale violet watercolour pencil (this will dissolve as we paint).  I sloshed on some underwashes to start the the colours in the head and wings.


More washes – filled in the wings with darks to give the impression of feathers.  Also blocked in the background to give form to the bird.


The final sketch on the postcard block.

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