Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew

Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew – This is part 3 of a continuing series documenting the development of my gouache painting of a landscape in Siberia. In the last post I made improvements to the fir trees on the mountains. In this post I make improvements to the blades of grass in the foreground, background and middle distance.

Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes

Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew - Two of my most cherished liner brushes, the Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #1 and #2 brushes.
Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew – Two of my most cherished liner brushes, the Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #1 and #2 brushes.

Also, each curlew has been finished as well as their reflections in the water. When painting the birds, I used a series of short handle, white sable, Robert Simmons brushes then finish with a pair of Windsor & Newton Regency Gold brushes. For the initial outline, I used the short handle, white sable Robert Simmons #2, round. I then fill in the block color with the short handle, white sable Robert Simmons 1/2 oval wash. For I gradate the highlight color with a short handle, white sable Robert Simmons #3 round.

Windsor & Newton Regency Gold Liners

After that, I paint the feathers, eyes and beak using two Windsor & Newton Regency Gold brushes, a #1 540 round and a #2 520 round. The #1 540 is used only for the finest detail. I find that for painting fine details, the Windsor & Newton Regency Gold #1 540 and #2 520 are outstanding brushes. They use a gold taklon sable and have nickel plated ferrules. They are outstanding brushes if you draw with your brush. I used them 20 years ago when I was painting only with acrylic. I’ve since switched to gouache but I still use them because they are great for artists who like to draw with a brush. I mention this because major art retailers do not carry the Windsor & Newton Regency Gold series brushes. Not really sure why. You can buy them on Amazon no problem. Anyone interested in Pen & Ink can check out my ink drawing blog.

Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew - Overall view of the painting with the recently completed feathers and grass.
Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew – Overall view of the painting with the recently completed feathers and grass.
Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew - A view of the finished feathers on the two curlews wading in the stream.
Painting Feathers and Grass on a Painting of a Curlew – A view of the finished feathers on the two curlews wading in the stream.