View Full Version : Hog Wild Bird Painting Riot!

K Taylor-Green
01-27-2006, 11:32 PM
It's time for a new Pastel Riot! We really want to liven up, and lighten up, our forum!
So here's the game plan. We are going to paint exotic birds, or funny birds, or even made up birds! Seriously, if you want to be really wild, put together features from different birds to create your own.
I have attached a few exotic birds that I found in the RIL. But don't be limited by these. If you have some of your own, feel free to use them.
I think this will get us all over the Winter doledrums, and I hope most of you will join in!

K Taylor-Green
01-27-2006, 11:58 PM
Oops, might be nice to know what the birds are!
1. Emu
2.Bachelor Eagle
3.Bluefaced Honey Eater
4.Chinese Pheasant
A special thanks to those who placed them in the RIL!!

01-28-2006, 05:13 AM
Kate - this is great, long time since we have had a riot........ are we to post into this thread? - I need to fun - that Emu cracks me up ... gotta try that one :)

Pat Isaac
01-28-2006, 08:02 AM
The emu is definitely a hoot. I think he will be popular.


01-28-2006, 08:28 AM
Could be fun! I'll see what I can dream up! :D

K Taylor-Green
01-28-2006, 08:52 AM
Oops, yes, please post all works to this thread, so we don't clog the forum with our birds.
Sorry guys, I was up too late, last night. There are 162 pages of birds in the RIL!!! I went through 118 of them before my eyes gave out!
I really like the Emu, too.

01-28-2006, 10:22 AM
what do i do- paint the bird then come back here and post it on this thread?

Piper Ballou
01-28-2006, 10:31 AM
I'm in for this riot, been thinking of painting a bird for some time...should be fun.
thanks Kate, (we need a little bird smilie face, somehow the one that changes to a cat doesn't seem appropriate to use here LOL)

K Taylor-Green
01-28-2006, 10:33 AM
Yep, all paintings posted here!

K Taylor-Green
01-28-2006, 10:35 AM
LOL, Piper, but it would sure add to the livliness, setting a kitty amungst the birds!

01-28-2006, 01:47 PM
LOL, Piper, but it would sure add to the livliness, setting a kitty amungst the birds!

Didn't y'all see that Funniest Animal Video where that black bird chased that poor kitty around the yard and scared it so bad it finally hid in the house??? LOL

01-28-2006, 04:29 PM
Hello !

I've decided to take the chalenge.
I don't paint animals but I'd like to start doing so.
However people who do so, usually use pastel pencils and I don't get along well with those.
The colours are a bit off since I don't have much colours in pencil pencils
Anyway, here is the data :

paper : Canson
size of painting : ( 5.2in x 3.5in )
medium : Derwent and ContÚ pastel pencils
time : more or less 2 hours

Your comments are appreciated and important as usual

Kindest regards,


P.S. the white little spots of the paper are not so visible to naked eye

01-28-2006, 05:00 PM
Hey Jose, you could be a natural....... looks really good ..... why not try it again using pastel sticks, but you could probably do with going bigger - you have got alot of detail in there already for such a teeny size - did you enjoy it?

Piper Ballou
01-28-2006, 05:22 PM
Jose, love your bird....and I do not use pastel pencils much for my animals, I usually just break my pastels to get a sharp edge and use them, feels werid and first but you get a handle on them

Pat Isaac
01-28-2006, 05:43 PM
Great job with the bird. I just think he is a hoot. You could probably crop the image some.


Kathryn Wilson
01-28-2006, 06:01 PM
Hey, Jose - you are the first one to post and a super good one too! I think the emu is hilarious.

But you all, no need to get too picky or finiky with this - just have fun. Do something different - put a funny bird with and ugly bird and make up a new species.

Try another Jose - :)

K Taylor-Green
01-28-2006, 07:40 PM
Great job, Jose'!! The Emu is my choice, too.

Piper Ballou
01-28-2006, 08:23 PM
this bird is called the "30 minute Dorkalot"
I decided to only spend 30 minutes and whatever I had done I was done so I could not think about anything, just paint as fast as I could, once I got done I did go back over it and put some highlights because he was pretty sad looking
soft pastels on a 5 by 9 piece of Wallis...that is way the bird is so long

next bird will be more serious

K Taylor-Green
01-29-2006, 11:32 AM
Well, I think he's cute!

01-29-2006, 12:03 PM
lovely colours Piper you have done a great job, especially in such a short time frame. .......
This is mine, going to work on it more later, but this is it after a couple of hours......... had alot of trouble getting it to look right on the computer .... not quite sure as to why - this is on Wallis 9 x 12" No Pencils :)


01-29-2006, 01:29 PM
Fun fun... here's a guy I photo'd a few years back... what you can't see that's off the page (too hard to put in) is the small 4 ft alligator swimming up to this guy. :) No, he wasn't eaten.. he flew off first.

01-29-2006, 04:05 PM

this is going to be a great thread with lots of funny birds.
Pastel sticks do give a more alive feeling to the Emu, Shades.

Kind regards,


01-29-2006, 04:22 PM
Hi Christin..... wow, what a story...... your guy looks great - texture is like a tapestry

I love Pastel Pencils Jose, use them alot, but I do find that you can not quite get the vibrancy with them that you can the sticks

Pat Isaac
01-29-2006, 04:30 PM
Great bird, Christin and in that wonderful style of yours.


Kathryn Wilson
01-29-2006, 04:31 PM
I want to mention just one thing, before going back to admiring all these wonderful birds:

Since this is a Riot for both soft pastels and oil pastels, please let us know either way, and size would be nice too - :)

Congdon, this reminds me so much of van gogh's work - really fun. This is oil pastel, right - or am I wrong?

Dawn, you captured the cuteness and liveliness of this bird. I love the little tuft of hair at the back of the head - :)

Pat Isaac
01-29-2006, 04:39 PM
Whoops, missed the others. Great bird, Piper and very colorful.
Diane, the funny emu....this is great!!!


01-29-2006, 05:42 PM
The crane is an oil pastel, Sennelier and cheapo Craypas on art paper. size is 12"x15" (I always use 3" on the end to clean my oils off). :)

Kathryn Wilson
01-29-2006, 05:47 PM
oooops, I missed Dorkalot too - just what does this bird do? Is he a kingfisher, or fishes for Dorks?

01-29-2006, 07:25 PM
Ha! This sounds interesting:clap: I think I'll try a bird. Hope i'll be able to post when i'm done Love the first bird. Talk about personality.

Piper Ballou
01-29-2006, 07:30 PM
LOL..a dorkalot does what ever he wants...good thing I only spent 30 minutes on him- right now he does not know if he is coming or going, legs are one way and the head is the other LOL

Christin, love the style of your bird

this is really not an exotic bird, but birds of a feather flock together so I thought I would post it here.
A while back I took an interest to one of Deborah's- dee_artist hummingbird demos and decided to give it a try today. Having trouble with the wings and when my husband first saw it he thought it was a butterfly because that is what I said I was going to paint....that makes it qualify for a Hog Wild Bird...okay I am stretching it a bit...had fun with this one

01-29-2006, 10:14 PM
Cute emu, Jose! Love the goofy expression!

01-29-2006, 10:21 PM
Love the Dorkalot AND the humming bird, Piper! The latter really does seem to be hovering! Nice wistful looking emu, DarkShades, and lovely stylized work on the crane, Christin....love the treatment of the feathers and foliage!

01-29-2006, 11:41 PM
I hope this counts ... it's a snowy owl .... in a blizzard ... i'm blaming my meds :angel:


01-30-2006, 07:14 AM
great birds you guys!
So Jose animals are your next port of call considering how good your emu is.
I think my favourite has to be the Snowy owl though Lol :D
I am going to attempt something, whether it ends up looking anything like a bird is yet to be seen.
Great thread.
mads :D

01-30-2006, 11:28 AM
Naughty....! Shame on you! (snork)

01-30-2006, 01:06 PM
Think I'll try my hand at this. Seems just the ticket to get me moving. I've been lacking ambition lately, I need a kick in the pants to get me painting.

K Taylor-Green
01-30-2006, 01:14 PM
Wow! Lots of great birds, I'm impressed!
Piper, I think the Hummer is an exotic bird. Since we can see them often, we have a tendacy to think they are ordinary. It is beautiful. You did a great job.

NT, LOL! Snowy Owl, indeed.

Dawn, you beat me to the punch, but I'm still going to paint him! You did a gorgeous job.

Christin, it really does look like a tapestry work! Sweet!

01-30-2006, 02:23 PM
Hi All,
I just now joined WetCanvas, and am not sure how to do this. I am a little overwhelmed to say the least. BIRDS...yes! exotic, funny but most of the birds I know are very serious. I lived in Belize for awhile and built an educational exhibit for the Belize Audubon. I really wasn't into birds so much then but am now. The largest bird in the western hemisphere is "Tuxedo Bird", the Jabiru Stork. He can be as tall as I am and has a wingspan of 8 to 10 feet. Really ancient looking bird. I am actually working on some drawings and sculpture of this bird now.
Since I got back from Belize, I started fostercaring hummmingbird, the smallest and sassiest of birds. I have attached a few interesting pics...(I think, am not sure if I attached them correctly, we'll see).
/Users/Brenda/Pictures/iPhoto Library/2005/10/15/jabmnlg.jpg/Users/Brenda/Pictures/iPhoto Library/2005/10/15/jabiru_stork.jpg/Users/Brenda/Pictures/iPhoto Library/2006/01/08/image.aspx.jpg

01-30-2006, 03:11 PM
Sorry my images did not come through :crying: :crying: I can not even get the little smilies to work right :mad: ...I should go back to the studio and consult HELP later.
Cheers, Brenda

01-30-2006, 03:52 PM

Now when I close my eyes I keep seeing blinking these eyes......
Help !!!

Kind regards,


Pat Isaac
01-30-2006, 04:49 PM
Hee hee....snowy owl...Hmmmmm

Piper, Your hummer is great! A butterfly???? I don't think so.


01-30-2006, 05:29 PM
Well I had a go...quite pleased that it looks emu-ish I seem to have given him a massive beak though :confused: :D


soft pastels unison & winsor newton on a biggish bit of some brand pastel paper ( my memory has left for the day and i am eating so don't want to go look)

01-30-2006, 05:42 PM
love all the emus, but the snowy owl is going to beat them all!

had finished this sea eagle about a month ago, hope it counts - its wild.

mostly rembrandt, some nupastels, old grumbacher(round ones)
on art spectrum paper
sorry if my focus is off


01-30-2006, 06:04 PM
Hi again,

well the emu is leading the preferences.
I'm going to do something to my emu.
I may even ruin it, but you just wait and see.

Best regards,


Pat Isaac
01-30-2006, 06:48 PM
Great eagle and certainly he counts. Love all the emus.


01-30-2006, 07:09 PM
Hi again,

it's a ....Hotwheels !!

Kind regards,


The Art Corner
01-30-2006, 08:21 PM
Jose that's hilarious really creative. Good job everyone else. I just found this. I'm going to add an eagle I did last year here too. Soft Pastel on Wallis.

01-30-2006, 08:33 PM
Hi Shoshana

The eagle is my football (soccer for americans) club symbol.
This one rules.



Karen Margulis
01-30-2006, 09:12 PM
Love all the Emus and the eagles! Birds are one of my favorite subjects. I have a seagull I am getting ready to paint. Here's one of an egret I did not too long ago.

01-30-2006, 09:59 PM
beautiful egret. like how the colors reflect in its white feathers

K Taylor-Green
01-30-2006, 10:13 PM
Brenda, don't give up. Go to the New User's Channel of Wet Canvas. There is lots of help for new members, there. And welcome! Looking forward to having you participate.

Jose', You're killing me here! Don't make me laugh like that! I have a cough with a cold. Thought I would choke!! Hotwheels! Cool.

Karen, Love the water around your Egret, and the shadow colors on the bird.

Great Eagles, too!

01-30-2006, 10:18 PM
I thought I needed to redeem myself after the snowy Owl:angel:
this is about 9x 12 on black strathmore with pastel pencils.

I did actually paint the owl for a friend and everyone in the chatroom i frequent kept asking me how i was doing with the owl so i made that animation as a joke ..just couldn' t resist posting it again:)

I just love all the Emu's and eagles and stuff


01-31-2006, 07:40 AM
Righty ho...
I haven't felt like doing anything for weeks, mainly because whenever I started I just didn't like what I was doing, (other than practice apples)anyway this birdie thing has got me going again. Our digi cam has died so I am having to scan and this size paper doesn't fit in the scanner :eek:
Took me about 3 hours late last night:rolleyes:
Soft pastels on 16"x12" Ingres paper.


01-31-2006, 07:43 AM
Oh I'm such a dope!
Jose that bird cracked me up, hotwheels lol.
Gorgeous eagles and egrets everyone.

Pat Isaac
01-31-2006, 07:47 AM
Wow, so many new birds since yesterday.
Hot wheels...that's too funny, Jose.

Great egrets and eagles everyone.


02-01-2006, 11:50 AM
Birds are a favorite at my house. We have a very bird friendly yard, plus we feed them in the winter. Being from a northern climate, I have always considered tropical species to be exotic birds. I've often wondered if folks in the tropics view our northern backyard birds as exotic?

Jose, you are too funny. :D

I love everyone's emus! They are such funny looking birds. The eagles are very majestic, and the waterfowl all look so stately.

I noticed I haven't used many of my pinks, so here's a flamingo. I don't know if it falls into the exotic, or funny looking category. :D


Tickled Pink
11.5 x 8.5 Wallis

02-01-2006, 12:07 PM
ohhhh fabulous flamingo!!

02-01-2006, 12:10 PM
Really nice flamingo. I like those bright pinks & purple.

02-01-2006, 03:13 PM
My, what beautiful eyes you have flamingo! Love the use of color. Very soft and regal looking.


Pat Isaac
02-01-2006, 04:05 PM
How lovely.


02-01-2006, 04:10 PM

That wonderfully painted flamingo (flamengo in portuguese) has an awsome expression.



The Art Corner
02-01-2006, 04:14 PM
Wow Lisa gorgeous flamingo.

02-02-2006, 07:31 AM
Thank you Maddy, Tammy, Pat, Jose, congdon and Art C. :) I've been thinking of doing some more birds, and this thread would be the perfect place to post them. I wish I did them a bit faster. :rolleyes: I don't know how long a pastel riot is supposed to last, but I hope to post some more images before the party's over.

Thanks again for the kind comments.

Tracy Lang
02-02-2006, 12:43 PM
This subject is close to my heart... I am owned by 5 birds ( i know, i know...another addiction lol) This is one of my 1st pastels, the subject is my sun conure "Louie". It was done on 12x12 Strathmore black with Rembrandts. I quickly discovered the meaning of "tooth" while working on this!

Tracy Lang
02-02-2006, 12:52 PM
This is a WIP from a wonderful photo by Michael-Ann in the RIL. It is my first attempt on suedeboard (16x20) and i am having a ball! I've used mostly Unisons so far. C&C and any tips on working with suedeboard are very welcome!

The Art Corner
02-02-2006, 02:50 PM
lilbird Louie is wonderful, great pose. No way first pastel work. The WIP is coming along very nicely too.
Lisa looking forward to seeing more..........

K Taylor-Green
02-04-2006, 12:29 AM
You guys have been busy!
Great flamingo. I love the enhanced pinks in it.
I'm glad someone tried the carawary. It turned out great.
Super work, lilbird. I use sueded board a lot. The tooth fills up fast, so preplanning is a must. If you want something that you can layer and layer and layer, try a sanded paper, like Art Spectrum or Wallis.

02-05-2006, 12:13 AM
Thanks about me not so wee Casssowary Kate :) I was quite pleased with him and then a simply stunning Flamingo blew me away :D
Lilbird, Louie is fab ! Love the pose!!:D

Karen Margulis
02-05-2006, 05:55 PM
Wow! Great birds everyone! I love to paint birds...especially seagulls, so this thread is a perfect excuse to paint another one. 9 x 12 on Wallis.

02-05-2006, 06:29 PM
With all these beautiful birds, parrots, cassowary, flamingo, seagull and those crazy emus - I hate to post mine, but I figure that we ought to post our attempts (failures!) as well as the successes. I usually paint birds on velour, that surface works so well for me with the oil pastels and the texture of the bird feathers. I painted this guy on Art Spectrum Colorfix - I just glad I didn't use Canson mi Tientes as I redid everything several times. This is a good reason why I need to draw things out, before I start painting. I just loved this bird, but..... :mad:

Sennelier and Holbein Oil Pastels on 9x12 Art Spectrum Colorfix


Pat Isaac
02-05-2006, 06:50 PM
Very nice, Becky and I like your color take on this bird. Gives him life.
Great seagull, Karen.


The Art Corner
02-05-2006, 07:13 PM
Karen & Becky great birds with an attitude.

Lady Merllyn
02-10-2006, 03:18 PM
There are some really fabulous pictures on here. I've only just found this thread so I'm a bit late, but here's my offering. Hope you like it.



Pat Isaac
02-10-2006, 04:11 PM
Very nice. Love the colors.


The Art Corner
02-12-2006, 11:00 AM
Nora what a great Valentine card that would make!!!

02-12-2006, 12:39 PM
I've been wanting to participate in this Riot since it started; haven't been able till now, and didn't even want to peek at yours until mine was done. Now having seen the wonderful entries here I'm a little embarassed about my little fella.

I made it too small to get detail on the Canson, and the colors on black didn't photograph well, so I had to fiddle with it digitally to correct the color somewhat.
But here it is, a red ibis, oil pastels on black Canson. I'll probably tweak it some later.

I enjoyed all your entries. That seagull blew me away!

Pat Isaac
02-12-2006, 02:20 PM
Wonderful colors, Wendy and the green texture shows up the bird just great.


02-13-2006, 12:52 AM
Been ages since I've been on the boards, so long some of you will think I'm new. Some great stuff here. Love the snowy owl, love the egrets, The Sea eagle is special, like your hummer Piper, how did Stan see it as a BF? I knew there would be some great emus, a year or so ago he starred in a week end drawing thing.I've doing several birds, but not in pastel, currently working on some hawks in acrylic, did some in scratchart, I did the emu in pastel some time back. He's gotten lots of giggles so I called him "giggle for the day" he was hotly contested for on a raffle for the hurricane victims and I sell prints quite handily. Later on I'll do another bird for this riot, but in the meantime this is my emu.

Pat Isaac
02-13-2006, 07:33 AM
Love this emu!!


Lady Merllyn
02-14-2006, 02:50 PM
Aztrillium, he's beautiful, what a lovely expression. Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow's ear - they're not the prettiest of creatures are they?

Shoshana, I wish I'd thought of making my parrots into a Valentine's card. They could end up as my boss's wedding present, though, if he doesn't make his mind up what he wants soon!


K Taylor-Green
02-17-2006, 12:25 AM
Wow! TJ! A great take on the emu.
Wendy, the contrast is great on yours.

02-17-2006, 03:34 PM
Aztrillium, that is one gorgeous painting ! (Gorgeous and silly at the same time lol)

02-19-2006, 11:37 PM
Pat, Nora, Kate, Wendy, thanks so much for your comments. Yes he's a fun kind of silly and I had a ball paintint him. I've been asked to do another because several folk want their own original instead of a print. I have an ostrich reference I want to do as well.

John B
02-21-2006, 07:19 PM
Hello everyone,

I have been waiting for the oportunity to join in this riot, I saw this image and just had to paint it.

I have titled it "Once upon a midnight dreary.." after Edger Allan Poe's 'The Raven.'


Not really pretty or cute but I think he has a cheeky look in his eye.:)

AS soft pastels on Midnight Blue AS Colourfix, 12"x9"

Kind regards


The Art Corner
02-21-2006, 08:19 PM
Wow awesome Raven.
Neat emu, ibis & seagull.

Pat Isaac
02-22-2006, 07:44 AM
What a magnificent piece, John. :clap: The color of the paper is just perfect. I'll have to see if I can find it as I've not seen that wonderful dark color.


Lady Merllyn
02-22-2006, 02:31 PM
John, he's gorgeous - maybe not quite the right word for a raven but you know what I mean!!


03-01-2006, 01:02 AM
Thanks for the help in how to upload. Hope I did this right. It may be
to big.

This is a painting that I did several years ago actually for a show I was in.
It is painted with a variety of soft pastels. An underpainting of pastel and
alcohol on sanded paper. It is 15 x 22. I used a picture from the Wet Canvas resource Images. I have Blue Heron's that come to our pond and they stand so still for long periods of time. They are very beautiful and
fun to watch. I'm afraid I can't remember whose took this photo but it
was excellent to work from. Its too late to critique since I've framed it
some time ago. You can critique it anyway, I just will be unable to fix it.
Thanks for looking.



The Art Corner
03-01-2006, 09:48 PM
lierrem2 This Heron is Lovely!!!

03-02-2006, 12:14 PM
Bird Painting Riot

This painting was painted on a scrap of Ersta sand paper. It has a
alcohol wash, mainly for the water. it is 10 x 12. I used nupastels, grumbacher, Ludwig as the final. I do not spray my painting with a fixative
at the end. Hope you like it. I had fun painting this one it seemed to go right together for me, unlike most of them I struggle.


03-02-2006, 12:19 PM
Thank you Shoshana. I'm glad you like it. I haven't posted in such a long time I forgot how nice it is to hear from other artists and get some feed back.I pulled up your web site and it is wonderful. I hope you like the geese I'm sending that because I think they were having a riot.


Pat Isaac
03-02-2006, 12:36 PM
What a great painting of the geese. It is such a happy piece and the colors are great.


03-02-2006, 05:37 PM
I agree with Pat. :clap:

K Taylor-Green
03-03-2006, 06:29 PM
I had been thinking of unsticking the Riot, but there have been so many more great additions, I think I'll leave it for a bit longer!

John, Gorgeous painting of the raven!

lierrem, I can't make up my mind which of yours I like best! Both are great.

03-03-2006, 11:38 PM
Kate and Tammy thank you I'm glad you like them and thanks for telling me how to upload.