Corinne maakt

My drawing and painting life

Extra edition for “Draw a bird day”

May10_birds for DABD

Floating birds, watercolor, gesso, pencil and black pen

OK! Sunday was mother’s day. At our house it was “throw out some old stuff day” though. And we all had some things to do seperately. Mostly indoors as suddenly Summer arrived – with temperatures of 26 degrees Centigrade. Just two weeks ago it felt like winter in our neck of the woods (low temperatures, hail storms causing accidents on the roads, snow in some places in the east of the country). Well that’s Spring for you! Anyway. When the day was almost over, temperatures getting to a nice level, we had a lovely barbecue celebrating the end of the school holiday. That may have been the reason I totally forgot about “Draw a bird day”: a practice of drawing a bird each month on the 8th. (More on that below.)

But totally by accident (ha!) I did start a painting with some birds (see above). I wanted to try making a new series of animal watercolors in the same manner as the paintings I did in January. I used a layered mixed media painting technique involving watercolor, gesso and pencils. The technique doesn’t really work for a brief daily painting session of 30-60 minutes. It works only in one go, if you have more time on your hands, as it usually takes many layers for a painting to be finished. I started several pages – and finished  one (not a bird). But I did start this painting that day; it’s a multi layered thing.

This is how it looked after two days (below).

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Draw a bird day is a monthly event on WordPress – hosted by Laura from Create Art Every Day. The idea is  to fly as many birds as possible on WordPress on the eight of every month. By the way, there’s a lot more stories around this initiative. You can read about the original idea of having a ‘Draw a bird day’ (once a year) on Laura’s blog.



7 comments on “Extra edition for “Draw a bird day”

  1. Jill Kuhn
    May 10, 2016

    This is wonderful, Corinne! So happy you are joining in! 🙂

  2. Sheila Marie Delgado
    May 10, 2016

    Sat here staring at these warm wonderful creatures. Sort of relieved to read that it takes you a bit of time to make them so gorgeous. LOL. I know you know what I mean. Tried to figure out why I love them so much. Is it the colors? The wonky fluffiness? The layers… Really would love to hear more about your process. I have a bottle of aging gesso right next to me and I am wondering why I never think to grab for it. LOL

    • corinnebekker
      May 10, 2016

      Thanks Sheila, so nice to hear from you. I hope it’s the wonky fluffiness – it took me while to find creatures I like to make and find the colors I like best (Daniel Smith has some pretty ones, like the Green Gold next to the birds and Quinacridone Burnt Orange on the beaks).
      I rely for a large part on a technique taught by Carla Sonheim – in several of her courses, among them the one called “imaginary creatures”. Layering watercolor and putting gesso on top of watercolor – or watercolor on gesso – gives fun effects.
      In this case I used gloppy gesso to make feathers on both birds. (It’s a fun course and not very expensive.)
      I also learned a lot from other courses – Fred Lisaius introduced Quin Burnt Orange – and from drawing a lot of birds over time.

  3. Catherine Johnson
    May 10, 2016


  4. Rose
    May 15, 2016

    This makes me happy, Corrine! Lovely!

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