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Hi, everyone! It’s Thirty-Dollar Thursday today! Want a cool, affordable, original watercolor painting? Here’s today’s painting:

Crazy Chickadee 8x8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Crazy Chickadee 8×8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Recognize it? He’s from my experimental Chickadee post this weekend. Everyone seemed to like him, so he’s up for grabs today. He’s on 8×8 gessoed watercolor paper, matted into a 12×12 with foam-core backing. And in real person? The painting’s color is SO COOL! The photo does not do him justice. Message me otherwise let me know if you want this cute, happy little painting in your home. First come, first serve. Shipping charges may apply.

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No, no…no worries.  I’m not doing crazy science experiments on my poor little yard chickadees!  What were you thinking??

This small chickadee painting went together so smoothly and that I found it hadn’t quite quenched my yelling beast within. It was so fun and quick I had to do another. Okay, okay, I didn’t really need to, but there was an uncontrollable desire (you must do another, Sarah)!

First, here’s a quick time-lapse of chickadee painting #1. I call it Chickadee Spring:

I enjoy pushing colors in my paintings. The bird does not necessarily have all the colors on his little feathers as I have depicted. But if I wanted him to be perfectly rendered, I could always just post the photo. And you all know what a disappointment THAT would be. 😉 The colors are pushed to more extreme; the blues are more intense, the black is actually purple, but he looks pretty normal, right?

Chickadee Spring. 8×8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

I think I’d like to do another one with weird colors (queue uncontrollable desire to paint another).

Oooo…great idea. Is a chickadee recognizable as a chickadee if the colors are not realistic?  After that thought, I postponed this post and had to do an experiment:

Crazy Chickadee 8x8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Crazy Chickadee 8×8 watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

What fun this is! Isn’t he cute? What made him even more interesting was that I had just purchased a new paint, Daniel Smith’s Quinacridone Coral.  Gorgeous color! You will be seeing more it from me in the future. It’s a warm red, so it mixes very well with a warm yellow such as New Gamboge Yellow. I LOVE it!!!

So? What do you think? Which version do you prefer? Comment and let me know. Hope you all are feeding your creative beast this week!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers!  My mom is an amazing woman. Long story super-short:  She got married at 20, had 7 kids(!), lost her parents when she was in her early 20’s, was a farm wife/mother, held various jobs outside the home, then, when I left for college, she got her college degree in her 50’s, wrote a book and sold it in her 70’s and is now writing another book in her 80’s. She even learned to play a violin in her 80’s! Talk about the Beast Within…she has him and passed him to me!  Mom, you are amazing.  You are, and always have been, an inspiration to me.  So Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  This painting’s for you. 🙂

When I was a kid, growing up on a farm in Colorado, my mom would wake me up in the morning, saying, “Wake up, my little Chickadee!”  Somehow, it made the morning seem a little less morning-y.  So for Mother’s day, how about a chickadee painting?


Chickadee drawing on plexiglass. Yep, those are feathers

My brother takes amazing photos of pretty much anything.  He understands the terms F-stop and shutter speed, and somehow uses all those little adjustments and funny protruding knobs to produce photos that say what I would like photos to say but never do.  My photos look like a kid with a 110 camera…remember those?  So when I asked for a chickadee photo, he came through in spades…or birds, I guess. The above drawing is referenced from his photo.  Thanks, Brosky.

Then, while I planned out my painting, I thought, why not put feathers in the canvas?  Why not, indeed? Yep.  Feathers, three of ’em, adhered with gesso to the plexiglass.

Adding feathers to painting

Adding feathers to painting

Because I’m working full-time this week, I decided to work small. This is a 16×20, about half the size of my usual paintings.

Next, I had a coupon for Michaels, you know the 40% off any one item? I purchased the coolest die-cut thingy~!  I love it!  I went punch-crazy with 2″ circles and added them to my painting.

2-inch Die-Cut Punch Thingy

2-inch circles cut out of regular paper and tracing paper using Die-Cut Punch Thingy

I glued them on using the gesso:


Circles, adhered to the gessoed plexiglass painting

Here is a feather, already adhered to the painting.  You can see a smidge of a die-cut circle in the upper LH side of this photo, and in the above photo:



Feather, gessoed onto plexiglass, in preparation for my chickadee painting

Now, the fun begins.  A little Moonglow and Quin. Burnt Orange for the head…


Painting Mrs. Chickadee’s head

Moving on to the body with mixtures of Moonglow, Quin. Burnt Orange, and Cerulean.  Leaving all the whites alone.  No liquid mask was used in this painting:


Mrs. Chickadee body detail

I finished the bird, then started on the background.  The background needed to stay very neutral and cool, in order to recede away from the bird.  I debated on whether or not to add a building/vertical or horizontal structure behind the bird, but in the end, decided simple was best.

Detail shots showing texture:


Up-close shot of feather


Detail of one of the many circles of paper in the painting

In the end, super-cute chickadee:

Chickadee Mom, 16x20, watercolor on Plexiglass. $500 unframed.

Chickadee Mom, 16×20, watercolor on Plexiglass. $500 unframed.

Here’s to you, Mom.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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