So Many Types of Bird Painting
There is nothing I love more than geeking out on a painting theme and then going on a visual treasure hunt for works that feature “sleeping people” or “weird masks” or “galloping horses.” Geeky, right? My latest search has been an exploration of all that is bird painting. I was surprised at all the variations out there once I started searching. There are birds in flight, birds with people, birds fighting, and bird portraits. Birds in nests and in groups–a bevy or colony or brood or gaggle, all depending on the type of bird, which is where my title’s inspiration came from. (Google is a terrible and awesome thing…)
But it is funny, no matter the number of bird paintings I looked at, they all had something in common. There is a gracefulness (when done well!) and a lightness to depictions of birds. Maybe it is the wings, or that we know they can fly and, therefore, associate them with all kinds of airy and ethereal symbols. All I know is that with their colorful feathers and unique anatomy, this is a search that I enjoyed way more than I thought I would!
Scroll down for my impromptu gallery of feathered fowl below, and if you are interested in featuring birds in your latest painting, don’t put brush to canvas without first watching Johannes Vloothuis’ Essentials of Painting Birds LIVE! There are three live sessions of the workshop, but if you sign up you can watch them whenever you want, as many times as you want. Enjoy!