Painting Challenge: Birds

This week’s challenge was suggested by Mary Ellen Todd:

Paint a bird, any bird!


Deadline November 19, 2021, 11:59 pm ET

If you have ideas to share for future challenges, add your comment to the post –>  add challenge recommendation

Yes, penguins are birds.  I looked it up.  🙂


I hope to see lots of colorful tropical birds this week.

What’s the prize?   

Watercolor Mastery Workshop “Winter Cardinal” with David J. Rogers, December 4, 2021, 10 am to 2 pm PT (Los Angeles time).  Class will be recorded for playback if you cannot attend live.  For information on the workshop, click here.

I have attended several of David’s online workshops.  He walks you through the entire process.  He’s an amazing artist and teacher!






Here’s what all is included in this prize package:
  • Watercolor Mastery Virtual Live Workshop – A 4 hour interactive watercolor workshop, so you can enhance your painting skills with cutting edge watercolor techniques used by the masters, meaning you will be given everything you need to know about how to create beautiful paintings of your own and have all of your questions answered live by the artist.
    ($129 value)
  • ​Watercolor Basics Preliminary Video – A  1 hour video with basic techniques and exercises that you can watch and practice as often as you like before the workshop.
    ($49 value)
  • ​High resolution digital reference painting – We’ll be using this as inspiration for the finished project painting. I’ll also be showing you how to use reference photos for your paintings. (14.95 value)
  • ​High resolution digital reference photograph – I’ll show you how to use photographs as inspiration for paintings, and why a photograph is only a “jumping off point” for your creative imagination. ($14.95)
  • Recorded replay of the Watercolor Mastery Workshop – so you can watch over and over again and at your own pace, meaning that you can pick up those gold nuggets that you may have missed. ($129 value)
  • A full list of watercolor painting materials and supplies needed for this workshop and where to find them. Your workshop registration will be far enough in advance of the event that you can purchase your art supplies (if you need them) in plenty of time. One of the cool things about watercolor is you don’t need much to get started!
  • ​Bonus #1 – Exclusive On-line Community Membership – Attending any Watercolor Mastery Workshop will automatically allow you exclusive acceptance to our online community of watercolor students where you can share your artwork, get critiques and advice, and make friends with other students. This is an online group that is monitored by David himself! (Priceless!)
  • ​Bonus #2 – Copy of my latest book “How to loosen up your watercolors” so you can create beautiful paintings with a spontaneous and energetic feel! ($19.95 value)


Winner chosen randomly.

Challenge details:
  • Entries must be posted in the Facebook group: Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond
  • You may enter as often as you want
  • Open to all countries
  • Include the topic hashtag in your post: #birds
  • Deadline November 19, 2021, 11:59 pm ET (New York time)
  • Winner announced Sunday, November 21, 2021
  • If you also post your painting on Instagram, tag @watercolorbeginnersandbeyond.   You could be randomly chosen for a QoR watercolor sample dot card.





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