Creating a wildlife British Bird watercolour painting begins with bird observations and sketches of the subject.
|Watercolour Painting of a Black Bird : Crow|
Anatomical wildlife illustrations are readily available to learn about a species but sketching from life gives opportunities to learn about an animal or bird in its many positions and watching it also reveals its personality, which can be useful for adding an atmosphere to a wildlife painting and setting a composition, either a realistic one or an imaginary, more whimsical perspective.
This crow was one of several that were flying about on a breezy afternoon, making the other birds fly off as soon as they came along. This was a good time to sketch and photograph, make notes and watch them generally to see how they behave.
It was entertaining to watch them challenging other birds in the garden for seeds that had been left out for the smaller British birds such as the sparrows and finches. The pigeons held their ground quite well but didn’t scare off the crows, who seemed to leave simply because they felt like it.