The painting technique above is similar to a watercolor painting, one I could do by hand. It is a many step process in digital illustration. Lots of little (and big) brush strokes make up the digital file.
The weather outside is frightful, yet the warmth inside delightful… want to see more art?
These images are not what you see most people doing with the one-step watercolor filter in Photoshop, or even those one-step texture overlays. They take about an hour or somewhat less to complete with brush strokes, not the five seconds with the use of the filter.
Two and a half feet of snow…
And some gusty wind make outside not all that hospitable, especially for birds, but it was a great excuse to sit by the computer and make some art. But first the birds wore on my sympathies… and then the story.
I went outside to see what was causing the commotion in the conifers, usually it signals a hawk, but…
The snow was light and fluffy luckily as what did I see but a tiny and alone Tuffed Titmouse (reenactment by our little gold sparrow) burrowing deep into the snow to get the seed that fell to the ground the day before. It was alone as all the other birds were tweeting from the thick green plants. The little guy was wearing on me because…
it looked so pathetic mere inches down in the feet of snow, flicking and kicking a white shower of snow high above its head.
As I stood a few feet away, gazing at its industrious, arduous search for food, I made up my mind to hop in my Jeep, brave the weather, and go purchase seed at the grocery store.
You should have heard the chorus of chirping in harmony to the whistling of the wind, like they knew what I was thinking. Birds get very boisterous when the feeders are empty. It sounded like they were cheering me on from the sidelines of a big sporting event. So off I went.
And when I returned arms full of bags of feed, they were happy upon my return, rumbustiously dive bombing me as I was filling each feeder (not sweetly, amusingly, gently or spiritually fluttering about like in the fairy tales – they were literally aiming at my head).
But seriously, small birds are at a disadvantage in winter as they usually eat smaller sized food, which is harder to find when buried in the snow after a storm. Be watchful of feeders and the activity around them.
So back inside… time to bring my disorderly and disruptive backyard birds some warmth and digital life.
Hand painted sparrow on created background. Rose bush perch is the photo. This is a different process than the two above. I have many ways to create a ‘painting’ as my mood and whim guide. Birds make great subjects to paint in any medium.
These images are similar to my gnome paintings with animals and natural scenes. The gnomes are completely created from scratch though, like the one sparrow. Not many gnomes running around willing to sit for a photo!
A series of filters and textures along with small white and buff brush strokes make this bird very realistic and the background ambiguous. I also painted a Blue Jay, Hawk and another male Cardinal. I did not post them because of the time spent and quality of those images due to likely loss of my art to internet thieves. Sorry! You guys get the second stringers.
Up next, an unusual bird family, one I couldn’t believe my eyes in, Rare White Bird Sighting – You’re One Odd Bird Lady Sparrow!. And just in time for the GBBC. Then we have, So How Beneficial is Feeding Backyard Birds?, a post with information that might ruffle a few feathers.