I came across these crows in the Target parking lot. With the bright blue sky, the orange trees, and the crows flying around, it was beautiful, so I snapped a few pictures. Ironic that it was in a parking lot! My husband said a flock of crows is actually called a “murder.”

My Steps:
I started by drawing, in ink, a few of the crows. I added the sky and the shape of the trees in watercolor.
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When that dried, I added a few more crows.

I realized the sky wasn’t blue enough, so I added a richer layer of blue. I also added more oranges and browns in more definitive leaf shapes.
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I drew the outlines of the leaves in ink. I added more orange and brown to give the trees more depth. I tried to cover up and soften the line that the second layer of blue sky had created between the sky and the trees.

5 thoughts on “Crows

  1. What a pretty collaboration of colors! I love how it looks in the first wash! All the layers are so varied! I have trouble washing and layering too much and end up feeling like it gets so heavy. I like how you stopped just when it got rich 🙂

  2. Thank you! I do feel like it got a bit muddy when I added more layers. The original sky color just didn’t do the picture justice so I had to try. It’s much harder to seamlessly add to such a large area! I have to remember that for next time. 🙂

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