Black ink and WN watercolour on 300g smooth hot pressed Arches 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. Original 280×220mm.
This pair were constantly together, still freshly fledged and finding their wings. They flitted around the forest together, often coming to rest beside each other and preening. Here they were leaning together to sunbathe and preen. I saw them a couple of weeks later and they had much of their adult plumage, though patchily feathered… and still hanging together.
Work in progress:
Two layers of masking fluid were laid, glazing washes in between
When the masking fluid was removed, the wrens were detailed, starting with the eyes and face
Shadows were added to the birds, first as indistinct pale washes, then in detail
Once the wrens were largely done, washes and detail were added to the foreground leaves and branches
Tying the wrens to their environment, a final shadow wash was added, in similar tone to the background leaves on the top right