My Kingfisher watercolour came about, because luckily I live near the River Severn. The sandy banks of the River Severn are ideal for Kingfishers and their flashes of bright blue soon alert me to their presence. I regularly walk along the river, starting and finishing at different points. If I were to walk the length of the River Severn it would take some time, as it is the longest river in Britain (about 220 miles).
I started with creating a pencil drawing of the bird. I kept the drawing simple, as I usually deviate from a drawing as I paint. You get a feel for your subject as you paint.
Just like a Kingfisher darting about, I was soon painting this lovely bird. It was difficult mixing the right colour blue, partly because I use a painting technique called Pure Watercolour. It means I only paint with transparent pigments and I don’t use a white paint. I rely on the paper to be my white. Also I mix my colours from primary colours (yellow, blue and red), so it’s all about getting the right mix. Essentially though once you have the right blue and orange mix, you have the colours of a Kingfisher. There can be a sense of green, turquoise tones when the iridescent streak of blue along a Kingfisher’s back catches the sunlight.
Small paintbrushes for detail
On the Kingfisher image above you can see the size of paint brushes I’m using, small ones for textured layering and detail and yes lots of patience.
I feel I’ve started to get to grips with this watercolour painting now. The bird is starting to come to life.
Above are the palettes I mixed and I used two blues for the Kingfisher’s striking blue. I have lots of papers with strokes, marks, doodles and splashes of paint as seen here. I might write a blog about them (you have been warned)!
Finally my Kingfisher watercolour painting is finished. It was a joy to paint and I look forward to painting more Kingfishers.