how to make bird painting

Nature serves as endless inspiration, wether youre in it or observing it. I love painting and birdwatching so it felt just right that today I would be walking you through how to paint an adorable little kingfisher bird.

Hi everyone, I’m M. Belen Galizzi, the artist behind @roundaboutbunny. Follow along and Ill show you my process of creating a cute nature painting using watercolours. But first, grab your supplies!

Psst..if youre new to painting with watercolor, be sure to grab yourself a copy of Nature Drawing & Watercolor. And while youre at it, check out this cute lil botanical canvas pen pouch to store your supplies.

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Prepare your palette, practice using your waterbrushes, and create a color reference card for your paints before starting the course.

Learn to recognize and sketch the fundamental forms, feather groups, and individual feathers that will give your paintings life, working from macro to micro.

Learn how to make marks and mix paint, then use these techniques to make a “Bird-in-a-Ball” that will allow you to concentrate on texture and color before working on the entire bird.

Paint your Barn Swallow with Jane, starting with your foundational colors and working your way up to your “sparkle moment” highlights. Then, work more independently to finish your Northern Cardinal.

Make connections with other students so you can show them what you’ve done and receive inspiration to keep improving your skills and painting more birds.

how to make bird painting

Step 1: Sketching your painting

Most of the time I use for my reference photos as there are lots of free pictures for you to get inspired and paint. I went for a kingfisher but you can paint your favourite bird as well. Keep your sketch simple and loose, just focusing on the proportions of the bird. I did random branches filling out the empty spaces and making guides for where some of the leaves should be.

Why I Made This Course

People frequently ask me, “How do you paint such realistic birds? I’ve trained myself to comprehend the construction of birds in all their feathered glory. Additionally, I’ve created a methodical approach that helps me go from being afraid of a blank canvas to a completed painting. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve discovered that part of the joy of painting is accepting mistakes and learning how to start over. This course is designed to help you explore your own artistic style, expand your painting technique repertoire, and become familiar with anatomical features essential to depicting birds. After painting thousands of birds, I can’t wait to share with you the lessons I’ve discovered. “.

how to make bird painting

how to make bird painting

Jane Kim walks you through her simple painting technique for birds in this course. Jane explains her 7 Essential Bird Painting Techniques and demonstrates how to recognize important feather groups to help you become more confident with color, dimension, and feather texture. Next, you paint alongside Jane, producing your own interpretations of a Northern Cardinal and a Barn Swallow. You’ll leave with a plethora of vibrant works of exquisite art and a wealth of new painting techniques that you can apply to any bird. Explore the free preview of course content.


Can you use acrylic paint on a birdhouse?

Oil-based, latex, acrylic, or watercolor paints are safe paints for painting birdhouses. Birdhouses are safe to be painted everywhere except at the entrance holes, ventilation holes, and insides of the birdhouse as birds may accidentally consume the paint.

What is in acrylic paint?

While it is difficult to assess the composition of each paint, model acrylic latex paints contain about 41% water, 32% polymer binder, and 6.5% pigments plus additives. During the drying process, water evaporates from the surface, which results in a polymer fraction of about 60–70 vol %.