With so many shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, bird eggs make for fascinating painting—and study. Here, I experimented with different techniques for eggs, shadows, and patterns, starting at the bottom left and working my way up the page. The hard outer shell of an egg takes almost 20 hours to complete—layers of calcium and color slowly building. Thankfully, it doesn’t take that long to paint an egg, but it is also a slow process of building up layers of watercolor.
“Traveler, there is no path; paths are made by walking.” – Antonio Machado
This page kicks off a new journal and seems right for a first post.
The red-winged blackbird nest was a great find at a local nature center. I started by studying the nest to figure out how it’s put together, where the lightest strands cross in front, and what materials went into making it. Then I did a really loose drawing in ink using Micron 02 and 005 pens. After that, I started to weave more detailed strands in ink and built volume by laying in washes of color. I extended the nest grass right onto the inside cover and added the quote to convey a sense of the journey and the unknown that this journal will capture.
Materials: watercolor and ink; Stillman & Birn, Zeta, 8.5×11” journal