Welcome to my art blog. I am
a professional artist/art teacher.
Here you can follow my free art
lessons where I give instructions
and advice on how to paint in oils.
Check out my range of How To Oil
Paint books on Amazon & Itunes,
Visit my website (www.howtooilpaint.info) where, with my fellow artist Jo,
we give more great tips on how to paint with oils.
I'm going to paint one colour at a time, starting with the head and working my way down. With a mid-tone blue, I roughly painted in the feathers, concentrating on the direction first. I then did a very light blue for the top of the head. To make a dark blue, I added a tiny bit of red and brushed through the feathers, softening them as I went. Extra highlights were added with a fine brush and some medium to the ends of the feathers where they overlap. Mess it up with a few stray feathers, and split feathers so it doesn't become too uniform. Redarken some patches here and there for extra depth, especially around the eyes.