Demo - Kingfisher

Demo - Kingfisher

Demo - Kingfisher

First I draw the subject, then I usually start my paintings with the darkest areas,  Usually the eye

Demo of a Blue Wren, Starting with the drawing, then the darkest areas, usually the eyes.

Demo - Kingfisher

Demo - Kingfisher

Now adding some lighter colours and undertones.

Now adding some lighter colours and undertones.

Demo - Kingfisher

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Continuing to add more values, keeping the tones in keeping with the subject.

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While painting I am continually evaluating the values and colour contrasts. Adding depth to darker areas while maintaining the  lighter areas for contrast.

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Finally I add some splashes to create a feeling of freedom, then I might add some touches to the finer points ie the eyes. I usually spend quite a bit of time at this stage making slight amendments until I'm happy.