Blue Tit Cyanistes Caeruleus
I’ve painted the Blue Tit for a watercolour sketch. This particular Blue Tit is very cheeky. Every morning he attacks (yes, I mean attacks) the bird feeder. First this mischievous bird chirps from a nearby branch, then he swoops onto the top of the bird feeder, which has several feeders protruding from it. He looks down, surveying the other birds (usually Green Finches) on the nut feeders. Then the little Blue Tit goes on the attack, he flies at the Green Finches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches or even the Great Tits, so they are dislodged and fly off. Then this little daredevil Blue Tit attacks the nuts, trying to break them free and he ignores me if I approach him.
Blue Tit rebel portrait
The watercolour of the Blue Tit, is when he’s perched on the nearby branch about to attack the bird feeder. His feathers are all ruffled as he surveys the activity below him, ready to attack!
I’ve tried to capture the rebel Blue Tit, with lots of short brushstrokes of paint. I started with a yellow wash, adding more layers as they dried. There are a few yellow feathers spiking out at the back. Then I started adding the blue layers of watercolour , in short brushstrokes. All the white areas are the paper. I loved the punk style to the birds feathers on the crown.
Finally I painted the birds claws and let them dry, before painting the branch. I used a blue grey mix for the claws and to add definition to the bird. I’ve painted just a hint of the green tone of the bird’s back feathers too. Though it is the black line, or should I say mask, over the eye that make it instantly recognisable. Certainly adds to its rebellious nature.
I’m sure the Blue Tit has been an annoyance to the other birds, but I have looked forward to seeing it every morning.