American Goldfinch-Botanical Garden

The local Botanical Garden in Morgantown provides our family with so much enjoyment. Whenever you are in WV, the Morgantown area specifically, take a minute to check it out. I think the following YouTube video shows the beauty that you will find in this wild and wonderful botanic garden. If you are interested in joining the WVBG, go to their website link for more information on how to become a member:

Recently I was asked to create bird paintings for the children’s educational/interpretative series. The American Goldfinch is the first one I attempted. The bright yellow of this bird reminded me of a shiny new spring day. It was such a warm painting to create on a cold and snowy morning.

I followed an online tutorial by Emily Olson which can be found by following this link:

Colors used in this painting were:

Transparent Orange, Burnt Umber, Indigo, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow and Lamp Black. I will be working on the Red Bellied Woodpecker next.

So, now on to the next painting project, the Red Bellied Woodpecker. I have a reference photo, now to start the sketch…

Feel free to share your bird photos, sketches, and paintings with me. I would love to see them. I just heard of a new instructor this morning via Judith at Artistcoveries. You can find her blog here:

I am always looking for new reference photos so feel free to share yours with me. Helping each other… it makes the world a better place.

Enjoy this beautiful day,


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