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My Mother loved birds so much that I've developed a great fondness for them. Loud birds in cages on the other hand, now that's a completely different topic...
Back to bird fondness.
The image of a free bird is comforting to me as you may have noticed. I've made many bird paintings and you guys seem to like them too. Win for you! Win for me!
Years of drawing these lovely animals has led me to simplify the technique I use.
The line drawing technique is simply this. Draw a continuous line without lifting the drawing tool much or at all.
Here's an example of me drawing a bird in 30 seconds using the line drawing technique. Enjoy!
Step 1: Clean up the old canvas.
The time has come to clean this canvas and start a new painting. What you're seeing here are two layers of my art that I've never really liked much. I've scraped off most of the textured layer (a straight pallet-knife works well). Once the loose texture is scraped off, I can then clean the canvas with a wet rag.
Step 2: Retexture the old canvas.
Once the canvas is clean and dry, I applied about $20 in gel medium to create a desirable texture. "Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel Medium" works best for me.
Applying the gel medium is easy--you can use almost any kind of paint working tools such as a paint brush, or in this case, a pallet knife. I allowed the gel medium to dry fully, until totally transparent.
This medium is high quality and will not scrape off like the cheap stuff did in step 1.
Step 3: Spray paint a base coat
When I rework an old painting nothing looks better than to start with a clean white base coat. "Rust-oleium Satin" works well for this and you can find it at almost any hardware store.
I've found that a canvas is too distracting to repaint if my original work is showing through, so I coat it thoroughly (two coats should be enough).
Now this canvas is ready for another attempt at creating a masterpiece. The third time is a charm, wish me luck!