Every day in November I’ll upload a new bird painting or drawing as part of my new series!

30 Days of Birds – Day Sixteen

I’m still very new to using oils (only been using them a few months), but I absolutely love them! As with working on textured surfaces in coloured pencil, I prefer to start my oil paintings with a toned surface. I covered the canvas with Burnt Umber thinned down with Gamsol, then wiped away some of the paint on the bird so I could see his outline and basic sketch. It can be so nice working on a surface that isn’t a bright, distracting white!

One thing I’ve admired in other painters is the ability to capture that painterly look. That just means seeing brush strokes in the finished painting, so objects aren’t fully blended and smooth. Smooth paintings can look gorgeous of course, but you know I love texture!

There were only four different paints used for this one: Titanium White, Dioxazine Purple (Winsor Violet), Burnt Umber and a little Cadmiun Yellow Pale. So it was a fairly quick little project, but I enjoyed it. Using less colours on the palette is a great way to learn a new medium, it gives me a chance to understand how the paint mixes and moves without being overwhelmed with a bunch of different colours in front of me.

I used Liquin Original for my medium and Gamsol odourless mineral spirit to clean brushes and thin paint for toning the canvas.

30 Days of Birds - Day Sixteen

Size: 5×7 inches.
Medium: Winsor and Newton Artists Oils on canvas board.
Reference: From Pixabay.


Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian artist who loves painting fantasy characters and illustrations.


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