Thoughtful Raven

Happy Monday, my friend! Thanks for visiting me  here today; I hope that you had a great weekend. Today I have another watercolour painting to share with you. I’m calling this one ‘Thoughtful Raven’, because of the look on this fellow’s face.  We have a lot of ravens and crows in our area; because I put out bird food and nuts, a lot of them visit our back deck! I’m always amazed at the size of these birds, and the gorgeous sleek feathers that seem to hide every shade of blue within the blackness of them.


I had seen a wonderful video by Kaz Bell of KB Art Studios; I could watch her paint all day! Kaz has a beautiful, loose way of painting that I aspire to achieve. Alas, I haven’t achieved it yet, as you’ll see.  If you’d like to see her video, CLICK HERE. It will take you to YouTube to watch. So even though I used the same free reference photo, my painting is quite different from hers.

Thoughtful Raven

Above is my version of the reference photo, painted with Daniel Smith watercolour paints. Below is the reference photo, from Pixabay.


I started with a piece of Arches 140 lb. Coldpress paper, and traced the outline of the raven, using graphite paper. Next I got my palette ready – can you tell that I did NOT use any black at all in my painting? It’s true! The colours I used are Indigo, Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Sodalite Genuine and Payne’s Blue Gray, all Daniel Smith.  The few flecks of white are from a white Posca Paint Pen.  I was going to use some of my Brusho Crystal Colours, but I don’t have the same range of blues that I  have in my DS paints.

Here’s another look at my Thoughtful Raven, with a black mat over the piece.

Thoughtful Raven

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this painting! What’s your favourite type of bird, or one that you find interesting?

Thanks for having a look at my recent watercolour painting! I hope that you have a fun and creative week.

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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