January 25, 2018

Watercolor Sketch of Cardinal

I have this art journal page to share this week.  I sketched the cardinal in pen and then painted it with watercolors. The red streak coming up off the cardinals back happened when the cat, who was lying on my art table patiently watching me paint suddenly decided to help and get in on the art. He reached out his paw and grabbed the brush!  I laughed and then went ahead and finished the bird, though the cat grabbed the brush again. I thought about painting over the streak with white before I put in the background, but decided it would be fun to keep the cat's contribution to the art.  :)  Can you call it a collaboration is the other artist is a cat??

After kitty had had enough painting, I added the face and the background. I drew the face with pencil and painted it with light watercolor washes.  One of the lessons on Let's Face It last year involved painting faces in watercolor so I wanted to give it a try.

I usually use acrylic so painting in watercolor is quite a bit different. I have become interested in watercolor sketching and had great fun giving it a try this week.

Linking up with Art Journal Journey where the theme is "New Year New Adventures."  Painting with cats should qualify as an adventure. ;)

I hope you have had a creative week. Thanks for visiting and for your comments!


Linking up with Paint Party Friday


  1. This is so lovely - the cardinal ist terrific, no wonder the cat got exciting and had to grab the bird! The face is absolutely beautiful as well!
    Can imagine that it is an adventure to paint in watercolors for an acrylic girl! The collaboration turned out beautiful ! I am glad you linked your beautiful painting to Art Journal Journey! This is much appreciated! Happy weekend Laney! Hugs to you and your co-painter!
    oxo Susi

  2. This is great Laney, and I like the idea you had a feline contributor. The cardinal was just fluffing up to stay warm, maybe? You did a fabulous job on the page-love it. Thanks for joining us at AJJ. Hugs-Erika

  3. It's a beautiful painting Laney!
    Alison x

  4. Such a pretty cardinal, wonderfully done. I say yes, of course you can call your cat your artistic collaborator! :D

  5. I can’t believe how late I am visiting. Seems EVERYONE posted the one day I was gone.

    Cardinals are my favorite birds, and this painting is out of this world. Bleubeard is jealous that I won't let him collaborate on my art! Your collaborator is lucky. Thanks for sharing this and your back story with us at Art Journal Journey.

  6. WOW! What a gorgeous work of art you created! I love the cardinal so much and loved reading the story behind it, too! It is so cute that the cat wanted to help paint, too!!! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!

  7. What an artist is your cat ;)) I think he is jealous of the cardinal :)
    You paint very well with both techniques, the page is beautiful.
    Have a wonderful week ahead xx

  8. :) haha Love the story about your cat. My blind kitty loves to play "paint brush", also. I have several fan brushes that I never use, which have her name stamped all over them. I run the brush up and down the wall, and she goes crazy over the noise. Cats are artists at heart.

  9. Nice sketch and watercolor, Laney. Love it! xoxo

  10. This is a lovely painting. Cardinals are such beautiful birds. I really like how the woman is looking at your cardinal.

    What a great story with the kitty! Mine try to help as well. Now I've moved my craft room so they are struggling to find a new creative outlet. I believe they have chosen sand (litter) painting as their newest way of expressing themselves.

  11. I love the cardinal!!! I think it's definitely a collaborative work! The author, Peg Kehret, collaborates al the time with her cat, Pete. They write children's books together that are quite amazing. :) Love the story of your cat...brought a smile to my face! Thanks for sharing. :)

  12. Haha silly kitty...love this birdy. So bright considering you used watercolors! Beautiful work!

    Peace Giggles


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