Took this photo out the window of our car when we were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on our fall trip to Yellowstone. It's not a great photo - just a quick point and shoot - but it's giving me ideas for a painting.
The ravens were sitting in the area for parked cars early in the morning. I cropped off the top part which showed a couple of cars and the street beside the parking area. I like the way the lines arc in and that touch of pink that was painted on the edge of the parking/sidewalk area.
First thing I did was wet the paper and pin it down to a piece of Gatorboard to stretch it and let it dry. Then, with a blue watercolor pencil, I drew in the lines I wanted.
I spritzed the paper again, stretching it a bit more and left it to dry. (I don't usually prewet and stretch my paper - in fact, I almost never do it - so I think this was just a delaying tactic because I'm not sure about where to place the ravens and I have to gather my crow/raven photos together and draw them on tracing paper so I can then place them on the watercolor paper without mistakes/erasures).
So this is where I'm at and I'll be drawing some birds today.