I have seen some incredible watercolours of pheasants over the years , and I have tried to paint them myself but not with much success. So what to do? The only thing I can do and that is try and try again. I am not there yet but each painting is a step along the way. Fridays are usually a day for me to paint something I want to so here is my latest attempt at a pheasant.
Paint in the tighter details so the eye, the beak, and the colour around the head
Now I need to concentrate. I have pondered on why I find these birds so tricky and on reflection it is their many patterns. I am not a painter who likes to paint every feather or pattern but it needs to 'read' as a pheasant . The body is full of patterns and colour and I need to find a way around it.
So now I am carefully trying to create the patterns in my own style. I want to evoke movement as here in Devon I am always seeing pheasants flying out of the hedges. beautiful flashes of colour. I drop colour in wet in wet and see what evolves.
I add lights and darks , splashes and splatters. There are lost edges and crisp edges. I am relatively happy, a step along my journey....I am sure I return to this subject again.