Hope all the U.S. folks have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend!
And hope the neighbors up north had a wonderful Canada Day July 1st :)
On the recommendation of a painting friend (Laura Starrett), who loves birds as much as I do, I signed up for and am currently taking Val Webb's online course called
Birds in Watercolor and Beyond.
Val teaches watercolor, colored pencil, birds, fairies, plants and flowers, etc. , through various online courses. You can find out more information on her webpage here.
Here are some quick sketches to just get down on paper the "essential bird shape" (as Val calls it - this is also what the artist, Charley Harper, called his paintings of birds that became more and more about line and design elements).
I won't share a lot about the course, but I can tell you it's not just for beginners - I have already learned 2 very good things to add to my knowledge base about birds and colors. Plus Val uses some colors I never use - which will open up my palette a bit as I learn more about them.