Painting Songbirds with Sherry C. Nelson: 15 Beautiful Birds in Oil

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Capture the colorful beauty of your favorite songbirds!

No one paints the beauty and grace of birds quite like Sherry Nelson. In this inspiring guide, Sherry reveals the secrets of her signature painting style, showing you how to capture every feathery feature of 15 delightful songbirds.

Whether you're a beginning painter or skilled artist, you'll enjoy painting a range of delightful songbirds, including robins, wrens, sparrows, doves, ...

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Overview


Capture the colorful beauty of your favorite songbirds!

No one paints the beauty and grace of birds quite like Sherry Nelson. In this inspiring guide, Sherry reveals the secrets of her signature painting style, showing you how to capture every feathery feature of 15 delightful songbirds.

Whether you're a beginning painter or skilled artist, you'll enjoy painting a range of delightful songbirds, including robins, wrens, sparrows, doves, meadowlarks, warblers, thrushes and more. Every bird is highlighted in a step-by-step format that features:

  • Field sketches and reference photos of each bird in different poses
  • Mini-demos that focus on details including facial features and types of feathers
  • Step-by-steps of the flowers and foliage common to each bird's habitat
  • Start-to-finish visual instruction, from beginning sketches to the final painting on canvas
  • Instruction for including delightful details, including butterflies and ladybugs
  • A bonus section on painting birds in 12 easy steps.
Beginning with the basics of oil painting, you'll find all the guidance you need for getting started—from selecting materials and mixing colors to loading brushes and creating backgrounds. From there, you can build your skills one step at a time. Sherry's bird-painting demonstrations start with the easier projects first and gradually advance to more challenging compositions, so your painting experience is gratifying and successful no matter your level of skill.

Adorn your canvas with the beautiful sight of Sherry Nelson's distinctive songbirds and watch your artistic abilities flourish.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581808766
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/26/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 738,010
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Since 1971, Sherry C. Nelson has taught painting throughout the US and the world and is one of the founding members and past president of SDP. Her bestselling titles include Painting Garden Birds and Painting Flowers A to Z. An expert in painting birds, she travels the globe to study and photograph birds.
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Table of Contents


Materials and Colors     8
Preparing the Backgrounds     12
Transferring the Design     14
Setting Up the Palette     15
Loading the Brush and Mixing Colors     16
Bird Painting Basics     18
12 Steps to Painting Birds     22
15 Step-by-Step Demonstrations
Red-Breasted Nuthatch     24
Blue Tit     32
European Robin     40
Blue Jay     48
Song Sparrow     56
Variegated Fairy Wren     64
Magnolia Warbler     72
Wood Thrush     80
Green Jay     88
American Robin     96
Painted Bunting     104
Scarlet Tanager     112
Evening Grosbeak Pair     120
Mourning Dove     128
Western Meadowlark     136
Index     143
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