I woke on the fourth of July with the idea of painting a bald eagle that was red, white, and blue. “Red, white, and blue” was the prompt for that day’s world watercolor month challenge. Being a holiday with guests coming over for a BBQ I didn’t have a chance to really work on it.
I started the painting the next day with the original plan being that the background would have washy blurs of color like similar to other animal watercolor paintings I had done. That changed when I had the painting sideways and saw the red paint start to make stripes down the side. I decided to roll with those stripes make it more of a flag background.
Because the painting ended going a different direction than originally planned I ended up turning it into a mixed media piece. Using white and black ink to add details, strengthen shadows and bring back highlights. I also didn’t make the flag perfect in proportions or design because I was working with how the paint had naturally stained the paper.
This is my first animal watercolor painting in this style since December. I had forgotten how fun and freeing it is to paint in a whimsical style. I love seeing the “Happy accidents” as Bob Ross would call them.
This painting will be listed on etsy when the shop reopens on August 1st.