Would you help me out? After I painted this and let the paint dry, I felt it was done and scanned it, but was unhappy with the flow of the pine needles and clouds. Being me, I started fussing, and was happy with some changes, but felt I messed up other areas. Would you tell me which of these three you prefer? It would be helpful to know if I was fighting phantoms or actually seeing flaws and addressing them, lol.
I'm painting my birds in a 7" x 10" Hand*Book Field Watercolor Journal made with Fluid Watercolor Paper that I received for Christmas (yes! Santa and friends were very kind to me!). However, as I mentioned with my first bird, in order to get all 52 weeks in this book, I had to use the inside covers. For this bird, I glued a piece of Arches watercolor paper on the front inside.
One of my other Christmas presents was a 6-color set of Qor watercolors, the Earth colors tin containing Indigo, Venetian Red, Naples Yellow, Sap Green, Transparent Brown Oxide and Raw Umber.It's a very muted, dark palette. I felt the colors would work for the Goldfinch, so, with the addition of Cobalt Blue for the sky, and a little Hansa Yellow Medium (both Daniel Smith brand), I was ready to go.
No special techniques used -- a touch of wet-in-wet and some lifting (the clouds in the sky mostly, and to lighten the head of the bird).