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.