In the new year, I am trying to prioritize finding time to paint for my own enjoyment… Taking on new subjects, trying out new paint colors, different painting techniques and styles, etc. I have thousands upon thousands of photographs taken over the past couple decades, and enjoy browsing them for painting inspirations. It was in my folder of Costa Rica photos that I found a series of images of a beautiful male blue-crowned motmot, and decided to use him as inspiration for a new bird watercolor.
My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary last spring with a trip to Costa Rica. We visited Monteverde and Manuel Antonio, and took lots of photos. We photographed this blue-crowned motmot on the side of the road after leaving a cloud forest preserve in Monteverde. We saw him fly across the dirt road and perch in a nearby tree… His long tail was easily visible with those blue racquet tips, and he stayed in one spot long enough for us both to get a good look. What a gorgeous bird he is!
My watercolor palette is almost entirely devoted to Winsor & Newton paints, but I have one luminescent blue paint from Daniel Smith that I love to incorporate into certain designs. It was the perfect paint to use on the turquoise areas of my motmot! It brings a bit of sparkle and iridescent shine to the feathers.