|Carolina Chickadee - gouache on paper|
The ref photo came from a friend but has been simplified so much that no one would recognize it. As a realistic painter, simplifing to make the subject easier for a beginner to paint was the most challenging part of the demo preparation!
There is to be a minimum of paint so it was also necessary to pick a subject that uses few colors and no mixing, That means using black straight from the tube when I'd ordinarily mix my own or at least add blue or violet to the tube color. But I'm hoping the participants will be able to paint something they're proud to take home.