I have been painting legged birds from way back. They show up in various artwork, when a regular 2-wings-2-regular-feet bird just won't be enough. Yesterday I started these three small formats. My plan was to paint each bird carrying on its wings a plump red heart, like 3 feathered "Love Messengers".
Here are my three birds. I usually cover the canvas with a blue wash and go over my pencil drawing with a dark purple/blue on a hard bristle brush.
Here you see one of them almost done. I want the second one to be a white bird so I painted my undercoat in blue.
The two smaller ones were easy. The third one will take a little longer because I will change my mind several times as I am painting him...
Here you see the orange undercoat that I painted under the blue sky ( I like to paint an underlayer of the complimentary color of what my final color will be. Then I dry-brush on top).
Here I added the fat heart on his back and changed the shape of his face.
I liked him in a greenish yellow but I decided he could use a bigger belly.
I like to add feathery details with a fine brush. This might be my favorite part because I like to get lost in minute details...
My background was too plain so I added a few clouds...
I wrapped the sky, clouds and branches around the canvas as well.