This tropical bird is the latest subject on the Facebook `Painting Colorful Birds for Fun' page. Here are my efforts.
I have to confess these two are cropped from the original painting.
red-cowled Cardinals. 16" x 12" Gerstaeker No.3 200gsm Not.
I painted the heads first as I felt they were the main attraction and stood out from all else. They were the easy bit. Several reds involved. Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Rose, Permanent Magenta and Ivory Black with touches of Cerulean for the beaks, and suggestions of shadows on the white parts. I used three brushes, the two Isabey retractables size 4 & 6 and the normal Isabey size 6. About forty minutes.