Macaw Demo

Macaw. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14

I keep trying to pick ‘easy’ subjects for demo paintings. None of them seem to turn out to be easy. Maybe nothing in painting really is.

There will be a full writeup on the tutorials page in the next couple of days. In the meantime here are some intermediates.

First the drawing. All is going well at this stage.


Next the first washes. In the demo I want to emphasize that we want to hit the highest value for each color area (so at this stage it looks pretty terrible and washed out) . and to just put the paint on the paper and leave it.

The next stage is to leave the lighest color areas as they are and go slightly darker everywhere else. Again it’s a case of putting the color on and leaving it. Maybe a little smoothing of the edges but that’s all. You can see that there’s a little form appearing here.

The third stage is to go in with the darks. This defines some of the feathers (not all – don’t need to do them all) and gives a little texture to the plumage. It’s surprising how little definition you need here. A little work on the head and beak and we’re done.

Not perfect by any means – I struggled with this. I may need to rethink this one.

And a nice easel shot.