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
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.