Cockatoo in Watercolor

I painted this fellow last week. I tried it with two different backgrounds, using gray and yellow for the first one, and purple and blue in the second one.

According to dexigner.co at web address, https://www.dexigner.com/news/33425Pantone has announced ‘PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray’ and ‘PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating’ as the 2021 ‘Pantone Color of the Year.’ The two independent colors were brought together to create an aspirational color pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine filled day.” I don’t know about you but after the year we have all had I could use a bit of bright sunshine.

For my painting, I mixed my own gray using French Ultramarine Blue with Burnt Sienna and let the mixture do it’s own thing. As you can see in painting number one, more of the blue comes through in the left side of the painting.

These guys were fun to paint. When I first attempted painting feathers last year, I made a mess of things. But continued trial and error has seen some improvement. It is something that I continue to work on with the help of Louise De Masi and her tutorials. The inspiration for the cockatoo came from this photo available free for download on Pixabay. It was taken by photographer Benita Welter.

Yet again, I received tremendous help and guidance from De Masi in this YouTube video in how to paint white subjects in watercolor.

Enjoy where you are today. As for our area, we are expecting a snowstorm! Looks like another work from home day for me.

Helen

5 Comments

  1. victoriarose002 – Hiya, I am an 18 year old blogger from the UK. I generally post about topics surrounding social, cultural and political commentary although I also aim to write some personal posts too... I am currently studying A levels, and as well as writing I like music, complaining and going to cool places. I encourage any comments, constructive criticism or any blog post suggestions. While don't hesitate to contact me at vickyyrose.02@gmail.com for anything blog related :)
    victoriarose002 says:

    This looks amazing

  2. Judith – Midwest US – As an artist, author, and musician, I celebrate creativity and personal expression through all that I do. I invite you to join me as I explore many different aspects of life, love, beauty, and nature.
    Judith says:

    Awesome! I love that you used the Pantone colors for your painting. I used them in an acrylic pour, and I really like the combination. I love your watercolor art and look forward to seeing more.

      1. Judith – Midwest US – As an artist, author, and musician, I celebrate creativity and personal expression through all that I do. I invite you to join me as I explore many different aspects of life, love, beauty, and nature.
        Judith says:

        Thank you so much!

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