Tag: goldfinch


Lesser Goldfinch Watercolor

I’ve been enjoying the Lesser Goldfinches that have taken over my backyard the last few months. I thought that I should paint one.

I still keep feeling that my watercolors don’t reflect the constant movement of birds, so I’ve been trying out different techniques to try to capture that feeling. I think that this splatter effect works well.

Supplies used: Sakura Micron Ink PensShort Handled Brush SetWinsor & Newton Cotman Water Color SetEpson Perfection V600 Scanner, Canson Watercolor Paper Pad

The First Green is Gold

Lesser Goldfinch

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

– Robert Frost

Golden berries

Goldfinch Sketch

Little sketch I did around Christmas. When you look at Christmas bird art, it’s always cardinals which doesn’t really apply in Southern California… so I thought that I would draw some Lesser Goldfinches instead. I’ve been getting quite a few around them here because I’ve started hanging nyjer seed sock in the backyard. So I’ve started associating them with winter.

Supplies used: Sakura Micron Ink PensPrismacolor Watercolor Pencils , Canson Watercolor Paper Pad