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.

You can see more of this pelican in my blog posts The Pelican and Australian Pelican (work in progress).

Thanks for following my art journey!


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  1. Lovely bllog you have

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    1. Thank you so much Ben. I’m glad you like it.


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