The teacher demonstrated a parrot, but I knew I wanted to do something more subtle, so I chose to do a seagull instead. It's been a while since I've loved a painting, but I really think this bird came out nice.
For critique, I'd say I would like to be more confident in my brush strokes. I'm dabbing more than I'd like and it shows. I also got too busy near the tail of the bird because I couldn't get it to come out right, and I feel like that's where my eye is going.
What I love is the texture of the wood, and the deep red of the tip of his beak, contrasted with the white of the paper behind the red. I'm also glad I went with a subtle background.
CLICK HERE to see the seagull photo I referenced from Brian Wilson. I stuck pretty closely to the bird shape, but I took a lot of liberties with the colors and shadows to make it more interesting and dramatic.
Next week: Dog or cat