Trying again – watercolor bird’s nest

I’d like to know which one YOU like better. This second attempt at a bird’s nest or the one I posted the other day and labeled “overworked.” When I was done the second painting, I pulled out the original one and guess what? I thought it was better! I ended up adding more to the background of the new one. I’m curious what you think? Please let me know. 🙂

The first one:

Here are my steps for the second nest:
newnest1 newnest2 newnest3 newnest4newnest5newnestfinal


16 thoughts on “Trying again – watercolor bird’s nest

  1. I like the first one better. I don’t think it looks overworked, but since I’m also learning watercolor, I totally understand the thought/fear! I haven’t tried a nest yet, although I love birds and nests, so I have no experience. But in thinking of videos and books I’ve read, I’m thinking one way to go about it might be to use staining darks and as they reach the drying stage where you could lift some color, you could use a damp brush or Q-tip to create the twigs and bits. perhaps I’ve given myself another idea for a project!!

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