Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 7 of 30 in 30 Challenge Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker
5" x 7" W&N Watercolour Markers on wc paper
Photo reference by mollerman on

Once again I went to the reference image library on WetCanvas to get some ideas for the day's painting. I meant to get something with a wild cat, but got distracted by a recent post of several red bellied woodpecker shots. Since I meant to do it in just two colors, the black and red bird just grabbed me. Very fast loose painting and I liked how the markers washed out. I love this paper that came wit the set and bought half a dozen loose sheets too because I liked it so much.


  1. This is wonderful. Truly! I have a real soft spot for all avian subject matter and really enjoy seeing others who do.

  2. Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. I'll be doing more birds too, have a beautiful reference for a European Blackbird and some swans in a different challenge, so watch for the birds!

  3. I like the attitude of this woodpecker. We have one in our yard. This one could be him!

    1. You are so lucky! They're beautiful and I remember hearing them in the woods while I was growing up. Hardly ever saw a woodpecker but I could always hear them hammering away somewhere in the brush.