Watercolour art class: Robin

Last week we’d made a great start on the robin images so all that was left to do this week was the detailing on the third robin.  I make it sound like that’s nothing, but really it took the whole two hour class to add these tiny brushstrokes which give the feathers their realistic look and add more depth to the painting.


Using a size 1 brush on its point, and being careful to avoid the strokes looking too regular, the detail was added with cadmium orange and cadmium red on the breast and Payne’s grey on the other areas.  The beak, feet and tail feathers were also completed using Payne’s grey.  Payne’s grey and burnt sienna were added to the branch and some ultramarine blue to the underside of the berries.  There’s one more thing that needs adding to the berries but I forgot to do it before taking the photos!


Next week is the last class until New Year and we will be completing the robins on the blue-green background.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

5 thoughts on “Watercolour art class: Robin

  1. That’s really lovely Karen … when l was younger l used to have a bedroom that overlooked our back garden which was filled with shrubbery and trees. I had this huge window that occupied the entirety of my outside wall, and l had a huge desk. The window was very close to the garden trees. It was a huge garden [long and uphill] and so l was always able to see a marvelous variety of birdlife and l used to sit there with a pad and pencils and draw to my heart’s content robins, chaffinches, jays and the list just went on. I found it thoroughly relaxing.

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