Brookshaw, George / Six birds, accurately drawn and coloured after nature, with full instructions for the young artist : intended as a companion to the treatise on flower painting
The pie finch
THE PIE FINCH. THIS Plate represents a Pie Finch on a sprig of periwinkle. This bird has no other claims to our admiration than the beauty of its plumage, never having been known to sing although many attempts have been made to teach it: it has a different character from the others, which should be attended to in the outlines: it has a short thick neck, and is a heavy looking bird. I should recommend, as before, to put in the eye first; after which, the dark colour on the head and the back; then lay a light brown tint all down the back and the upper part of the wing: you may now put in the ground tint of the breast with vermillion and burnt terra de siena: the feathers of the wing and tail should be drawn correctly with the black lead pencil; then go over the black lead lines with a dark colour, leaving all the light edges as correct as possible: you may now put in the tint under the belly and the tail. The whole being laid in, examine it carefully, and observe, whether the tints are well blended into each other, making what corrections appear necessary, and then begin to strengthen them all : in doing which, be careful not to have your pencil too wet, and use quick short touches to make it look feathery: all the beauty of your bird will depend upon the manner of your touching in the darker tints; in this I can give no further instructions, as it must depend upon practice. The more tints you work in the richer it will look. The flower is so easy, that no directions will be necessary, if those in my first book of instructions have been carefully copied.
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