And so, I then finally settled to begin typing but the bird song outside my window distracted me. The tree outside was covered in little birds all singing beautifully in the afternoon sunshine. I love birds! On my morning walks I am frequently delighted to see a tiny wren in the hedgerow. They have always been my favourite little birds but I have never painted one and always wanted to. Strangely enough, on Twitter a friend who posts fantastic nature photographs shared an image recently that looked just like the little bird I see every day. I call mine " Jenny" after my Grandfather's always calling them " Jenny Wrens". They are so quick, but so beautiful and so tiny. And seemingly very round!
I started with the whole outline of my round subject and then placed the eye which to me is an important part of this little bird. I kept the colours muted to remind me of the woodland where I walk.
Wren outline and first detail added to bring the wash to life.
A few extra touches really added a little more interest. Tiny feather details on the body, markings on the tail and wings. And a little shadow at the base of the twig. And before I knew it my painting was complete.
Building up my painting by adding detail
There are times when I am enjoying a painting so much that I don't want it to be finished. This is when I add my signature to tell myself not to work anymore on a piece.
Signature added, painting complete!
Now I must get back to working on my new book!