I used oil paint for this piece so that I was able to layer paint and create a "feathered" look. I started by sketching a basic outline of the bird.
The next step is to go in with your dark paints and start to build the contours and crevices. Now you might be saying "wait, I thought this was a blue bird?". That is the beauty of painting with oils! By starting with these dark colors we are going to build layers that add depth and shadows.
I knew I wanted a basic background. I chose a green wash. By mixing green and white on your palette and adding some turpentine, your paint will "wash" onto the canvas.
I continued to go back and add highlights in white. One of the most drastic highlights you can add is a simple dot of white in the eye. You will be amazed how much life it brings to your piece!
Close up of the face
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love any feedback!