On Facebook the well-known artists Gerard Hendriks and Robin Berry have instituted a modest painting competition where each posts paintings of the same subject - various small birds. There have been several so far and anyone who was interested was invited to join in. I don't know if they were serious but I've had a shot at one. The most recent was of `Fishers Lovebirds' and here is my take on it, although my reference is a different one. Gerard calls this series something like `splashes, sploshes and scribbles'. It's a fun thing and mine was completed in about 30 - 40 minutes.
`Fishers Lovebirds' 10" x 9" Fontenay 140lb (300gsm) Not
I used two brushes, both Isabey. The No.8 Kolinsky and the No 6 retractable. Colours are Transparent Orange (Schminke PO71), Cadmium Orange (Maimeri PO20), Indian Yellow (Rowney PY153), Sap Green (Graham), Quinacridone Rose (Graham PV19), some Raw Umber, Ivory Black for the eyes,. The background is Cobalt Teal Blue (Daniel Smith PG50). There may have been slight touches of Cerulean and Burnt Umber.