• Candy
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      I probably am better sticking to pencil and eraser vs overworked watercolors but colors are fun.  I tried to better measure proportions (except the big eye) and use short/lighter pencil marks.20210110_14473920210110_144827
    • Bridget
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      I feel I was able to apply the techniques of using sketchy lines, creating texture and depth, learning to imply and drawing what I see. I feel so much more confident now. I would never have believed I could do this! I want to work on accuracy, variety and speed from here.Warbler contrast
    • Lynne
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      0103211717 Honestly I feel better about the leaves/branches than I do the bird. But it is really great to see how much more accurate my negative spaces are. Still figuring out color and feel like I have a long, long way to go. I also need to work on patience for glazing - I always jump the gun! The belly color was an epic fail but it is what it is. I'm surprised how much I've enjoyed watercolor. I was so intimidated by it and so frustrated initially. Definitely going to continue.
    • Cecilia
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      I feel like I have learned so much in this course! Especially how to use my brush and paints ;) 110_0072110_0073
    • Blanca
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      Still learning :-) Yellow Warbler 1st drawingYellow Warbler water color
    • Ranae
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Sketching, or even using a previously done sketch, before painting would have been a good idea.  Accuracy seems important when birds are the subject matter based on reactions i've seen from more serious birders.   At any rate, the exercise was a good warm up after a necessary hiatus. Glad to be back to enjoy the process.
    • Ranae
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      Chirps: 7
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    • Martha
      Participant
      Chirps: 11
      imageimageI love to learn to mix and apply watercolors
    • Becky
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      Yellow Warbler I definitely see a difference in my work since the first assignment.  I worked on proportionality and using negative space to get the right angles... though I can still see I'm off a bit when I look at the reference photo.  I created a color palette and used glazing to add value to the piece.  I want to keep practicing these techniques... I feel like I am just beginning to develop my skills, and I'm really enjoying this focus!
      • Cecilia
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        WOW!
      • Mary
        Participant
        Chirps: 90
        Wow, you really got the feathers to look so real!
    • Patricia
      Participant
      Chirps: 21
      I can really see a difference in my first assignment to the second of the Yellow Warbler.  It had been a very long time since I had sketched anything and I remember how long it took me to complete this first one.  I am much looser and in my approach now and like to see if I can complete a whole composition.  I can actually see the markings and understand the placement on the anatomy of the bird.  I used wet on wet for the back ground but had issues with the paper drying to quickly, so I glazed over to adjust the result.  I think I really appreciate reviewing the techniques, I have my sketch book with me most of the time, and I plan outings to practice.  I have a number of ideas for using the Nature Journal to record some of the birding I did this year.  This class has motivated me to fill my time, use my energy, and effort to focus on the world of birds while learning to adjust to retirement during a pandemic.  Thanks much! Pat20201204 yellow Warbler
    • Linda
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      Yellow WarblerYellow Warbler 2 First drawing and then the last drawing/painting.  More detail in second.  Trying to get the right effect, I wore the paper out some.  I guess I was impatient and did not wait until paper completely dried. A lesson learned.
    • my warbler in Nov 2020, looks more refined to me than my simpler Nov 2019 warbler. Makes me feel I’ve learned a lot.  I used short sketch strokes, negative space, chiaroscuro, eye light reflection. Well! 2020 was good for something!!   AC2E8C62-F3B6-499D-B92D-D41AE668FDBFB0B2DDF0-28C8-43E8-8D84-C895AB8B17FD
    • Pat
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      20201123_160429   20201123_160253 My apologies for not presenting these photos correctly.  It seems the best I can do right now. I have thoroughly enjoyed this class.  Thank you.                                      
    • Caroline
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      IMG_8406 I can't find the before picture..! I did it before I got my Canson sketchbook and seemed to have misplaced it. However it wasn't as good as this one. I am super proud of the result. Techniques used: pencil first, taking my time, erasing some lines prior to adding colors. Watercolor experience: better feeling of the pigment/water ratio, layering, layering and layering more to add value & depth. Beak and eye done at the end. Letting the layers dry. Using wet on wet (to my biggest surprise!), using a dry brush to clean certain elements. Feeling so good about this result.
    • Richard
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      I did the new version of the drawing before I went back and looked at the original drawing. My recollection was that my first drawing was actually pretty good. However, when I went back and looked at the new drawing I couldn't believe how much I progressed. First, this was only the second time I had used watercolor and was amazed how well the colors could be controlled in spaces requiring detail. Still have miles to go but i could feel it when I was painted. Everything was proportionally better in the current drawing, angles were more accurate etc. Just much happier this time around.Yellow Warbler Original 09.08.20Yellow Warbler Water Color 11.17.20
    • Jean
      Participant
      Chirps: 11
      It was fun to see how I progressed.  The spatial relationship/negative space of the various parts was something I really found valuable.  Layering water colors also worked well here.  I did not put in a background but will try that another time. Still have to work on getting fine lines with the water brush.IMG_5858 (1)IMG_5857 (1)
    • Jill
      Participant
      Chirps: 20
      BF8F06FC-A988-45A9-B727-6D0F07B7FA2824325CC0-A5E8-4080-80DF-75713400BE8DThe two drawings, of course, differ. The first one in pen was done fairly quickly. It’s kind of cute but rather cartoonish. The second color one took longer. The new techniques which I worked on were keeping in mind negative space and adding color. I must keep working on proportion and learning how to use watercolor. Besides proportions, I also struggled with his wings. I think they were challenging. I most pleased with his head. I got some shading on it, and I like his eye.
    • Beverly
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      I tried to write with my comparison pics but could not make it work.  I just wanted to say that I loved this class.  I have learned so much.  I don't feel that the yellow warbler shows it but my sketching really has improved.  I struggled with this one for some reason.  I still am frustrated with the water color but will keep on working on it.  All the techniques given us has really helped with the sketching.  Thanks so much for offering this class.  I plan on taking a couple more form this sight. Below are my comparison warblers.
    • Beverly
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      Chirps: 8
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    • Isabel
      Participant
      Chirps: 34
      Warbler 2019Warbler 2020 I am very pleased with my learning process, the first bird (Oct. 2019) looks simple but  the second bird (Oct. 2020) has more details, more finished. I learned drawing skills,  how to use white when painting with watercolors and many other watercolor techniques. Thank you so much!
      • Candy
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        Pretty bird
    • Linda
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      This was a fun challenge, overall I am pleased with my progress although the wings were difficult.  I had found the autumn leaf in the yard and it was so lovely I worked on it while I waited for parts of the warbler to dry :) IMG-2127IMG-2126
    • Marydee
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
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      • Marydee
        Participant
        Chirps: 4
        Well, I am amazed that the painted version came out as well as it did! I really liked my second drawing and was hesitant to ruin it, as I had on two prior attempts when I tried to  do the green background with a wash. I am in awe of those who accomplished that feat. In drawing I was keenly aware of negative spaces which helped me place the bird and size it better. I used several water color techniques; a preliminary wash, layering and dry brush. While I didn't post many drawings (It has been a strange and demanding year since I did my first drawing in January.) I really enjoyed the course, spending lots of times mixing colors and impressed with  those who do it well. I certainly look at watercolor paintings with newfound respect.  I look forward now to doing more paintings since I have gotten over my fear of the medium.  Thank you everyone for your inspiring drawings and paintings.  If the smoke ever clears from Oregon, I am going out to do more nature journaling.
    • John
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      Wow I never thought i would get this far. being a B&W person it has been a change, ThanksIMG_0179
    • Kimmai
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      IMG_4143IMG_4142   I used gesture sketching, dry brushing, color matching and tried to look at the negative space.   I found these color combinations to be difficult as well as the beak and the eye, in both sketch and painting I dreaded those section. I like the looseness that implies the lichen on the tree bark. Not my favorite work : /
    • Jennifer
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
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