Sketchbook Art – Watercolour Pelican

Pelican water colour sketch | Sandra Burns Art

I recently started to dabble with watercolour paints for the first time in 40 years. It’s scary stuff when you haven’t done it for so long.

With paintbrush in hand, I searched my photos for something to paint. I settled on a Pelican I had photographed on the Swan River in Perth.

I love the photo because I remember talking to the pelican while I edged closer and closer, convincing him I wasn’t there to hurt him. When I felt I was as close as he would let me get, I crouched down to water level and took my beautiful photo.

Leap forward to today and it is time to try painting my beautiful pelican.

I know I need to keep practising and learning more about working with watercolour paints – but I think I did okay.

I had fun painting this one. I’m happy with my work on his neck, body and beak. I need to learn more about painting feathers. I feel that his eye looks good, but it’s not quite how I wanted it – he looks a bit mean or angry.

The other thing I like about this art is that it fuels my love of water.

Thanks for following my art journey!


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