Gambel’s Quail watercolor
As mentioned in the previous post, here’s the same Quail in watercolor and the closeup reference photo my Landlord shot a few years ago. This is officially the first bird I’ve done in watercolor and was intended to be a sketch as opposed to a formal painting. That’s probably obvious but I thought explaining the intent might put it in perspective. The pencil rough-in sketch took maybe an hour. As it turns out, getting a likeness in a bird portrait is just as difficult as getting one in a human portrait.😁 That surprised a bit. But hey, it’s all about practice to get faster and thinking about how to loosen it up a bit. That’s where I want to head with it so field sketching won’t turn into plein air paintings instead.
On to the next one friends…
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2 thoughts on “Gambel’s Quail watercolor”
One of these quail showed up in my GWS backyard one day. I had no idea what it was, and when I found out I felt so fortunate! And, my two cats stayed clear of it.
Love your rendition.
Thanks Mary! Glad you like it.🙂
They are pretty common over here on the western slope. I saw them in GA too. They have sweet little chicks that follow mom around like ducklings. 🙂