Violet-Green Swallow Pen & Wash

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I don’t normally post twice in a day, but as it’s St. Patrick’s Day I thought I’d post something Green in honor of it.

Watercolor Line and Wash Violet-Green Swallow

I painted this with Turner Artists Watercolor paints, on Canson 140 lb Cold Press Fine

Grain paper.  I used my 12 round Mimik Kolinsky, #8 round Robert Simmons Sapphire, and #6 rd Winson & Newton Kolinsky Sable brushes, and Pigma Micron 03, 05, and 01 pens.

My reference image is one of my own which I made in the Spring of 2014. You can see the reference image here.

I hope you all have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

Panasonic Lumix FZ200| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Hand-held in natural light| PS CC 2015

More to come…


Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

28 thoughts on “Violet-Green Swallow Pen & Wash”

  1. So cute 🙂 . Your colours are great – so bright and fresh, yet gentle and earthy. I saw one of these birds once. It had a nest in a hole below the roof of a warehouse near a bakery I used to go to in Vancouver. I took a bunch of very fuzzy photos and it took me a really long time to id the bird, but when I did, I was super excited. Lifer! Your photographs and painting of the little swallow are beautiful.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Oh, I remember you mentioning that you painted a hermit thrush you were pleased with. Did you post it?

    1. Thank you so much Jill! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too!

      Just before lunch #1 Grandson and I were looking through the photos on my phone and we looked at a watercolor abstract he painted early in the year and we both saw shapes we hadn’t seen before. I think you influenced my “sight”! 🙂

      We saw a swordfish and a cat. He does pretty neat abstracts. But, I’m slightly bias in that opinion. 🙂 I’ll email you the image if you’d like to see it.

    1. Thank you so much Laura! I hope I am, but honestly, I think sometimes it must be a fluke. I wonder if I can paint it again? Often I can’t. It takes a few more times of trying before I can recreate something close or better than what I did before. When it works I’m the most surprised, and pleased, but I have no confidence in myself yet with this medium.

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