15x11 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper that is today's work. This is brush only, no pencil drawing before and no references. First I used a white crayon to mark the birds' feathers and snow areas. Then began painting with mixed darks first: Quinacridone burnt orange + UB, and quin gold with Prussian blue for green areas. Midtone greys, a mix of colors already on the palette, were put in then raw sienna, quin gold, quin burnt orange for pinecones. Splattering was done last when dry. I tried to show their feathers fluffing against the cold.
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