View Full Version : WDE 4-10-15 Chipping Sparrow + Oldie

04-12-2015, 10:21 AM
5" x 7", watercolor & ink on Stonehenge, about 1hr 30min.

I enjoyed sketching this little guy. I drew him in pencil first, then did the ink work and finally the watercolor. I'm not brave enough to work directly in ink yet, I still need to make corrections as I sketch.

Thanks team for lovely reference pictures this week.


I also finished one from a previous WDE (3-17-15, Dewi). It's 8" x 10", watercolor & ink on Arches 140# cp. I realized after finishing this that I didn't pick a good crop, the flower should have been in the center but that's how we learn!


I'll come back later to comment on everyone else's.


04-12-2015, 10:26 AM
Nice work Ann - love the bird esp. -love the softly textured plumage.

Charlie's Mum
04-12-2015, 10:54 AM
He's a real beauty Anne - looks as if he's showing his Spring plumage!:lol:

I like the flowers and think the crop is OK - it's balanced! Nice work.:)

04-12-2015, 11:58 AM
Your sparrow is just lovely, and I actually like the crop of the flowers better than if one were in the centre.

04-12-2015, 12:29 PM
The bird is lovely, I like the gentle colours and the delicate ink work.
The flowers work well with this crop, i think it has more interest without a central focal point.

Valri Ary
04-12-2015, 01:04 PM
Love the flowers from Dewi's wde! And that little bird is just such a sweetie!!

04-12-2015, 01:22 PM
Both of these are super. I like the texture in the bird's plumage. Understated but very effective.
Either he is a chubby fellow or perhaps just proud, but he definitely has a lot of personality.

04-12-2015, 01:52 PM
that bird is charming..beautifully done...the crop of your flowers didnt bother me, very lovely..tyree:wave:

04-12-2015, 02:02 PM
I like them both!:)

Lake of Trees
04-12-2015, 02:05 PM
I really like your style in these paintings! Very pretty!

04-12-2015, 02:07 PM
Both are stunning, Anne! Your work has grown leaps and bounds.

04-12-2015, 02:08 PM
Love that fat lil birdie :)

04-12-2015, 02:08 PM
Terrific paintings. I especially enjoyed the little bird. He looks so regal perched up on that branch!

04-12-2015, 07:18 PM
Lovely work in both. I especially like your little sparrow. Well observed. :)

04-12-2015, 07:32 PM
Love them both! The leaves on your zinnias are wonderful!

04-12-2015, 09:07 PM
Either he is a chubby fellow or perhaps just proud, but he definitely has a lot of personality.
I had a chuckle with this comment. He was skinnier at first but I decided to make him a little plumper. I like my birds well fed. :lol:


04-12-2015, 09:19 PM
Both are very, very nice. Well done!

04-13-2015, 05:45 AM
Excellent rendering of the bird. The form of the flowers are beautifully captured.

04-13-2015, 09:19 AM
I love them!

04-13-2015, 07:19 PM
Both are really good. Those flowers almost pop off the screen. The little bird is very well done.
Be daring and have a go with ink direct. With your skill level you will surprise yourself.

04-14-2015, 02:50 AM
Oh they are both lovely yet so different. Great work!!

04-15-2015, 04:36 AM
Both gorgeous bravo Anne

04-15-2015, 04:42 AM
Both are very nice but my favorite is the bird...

04-15-2015, 06:09 PM
Love the plump little bird ! I noticed especially the way you preserved the directional light source on his tail feathers and other places along that side - very pretty and 'rounding'. Your (and Dewi's) zinnias are wonderful--- very lifelike and the texture on the leaves is palpable. as for your concern about the placement of the flower, please stop worrying. This composition is perfectly fine, the number of blossoms uneven which helps with tension, and every rule has exceptions.