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 GOLDFINCH. THIS Plate represents the Goldfinch, whose plumage gives it a place among the most beautiful of the British singing birds. In copying this bird, the student is recommended to observe a particular correctness in the outline, so that the attitude and character may be perfectly preserved: when this is ascertained by a careful comparison with the copy, the colouring may be commenced by putting in the ring of the eye, which must be kept perfectly round, then the black tint, leaving the white speck distinct ; this requires some pains and practice, but when done, you may proceed with more freedom to put in the beak, and the strong orange tint on the front of the head, which must be darkened with vermillion and thin lake: next, the shadow under the beak, the dark side of the breast, the lower part of the belly, the tail and wings; in doing the wings, the strong lines must be drawn between the light ones. Now begin to lay in the very lightest tint on the upper part of the breast; also lay a straw colour tint all under the red parts, as a ground, which is to be strengthened with a little vermillion and burnt terra de siena; at the same time, put the red tint all round the throat, then the black at the back of the head and the wings ; after which, you may put in the yellow on the wings, and the light tint on the upper part of the back, and the tip of the wing; then strengthen the back downwards. The whole will now be completely put in, and holding it at a little distance, observe where it wants effect, which you may give by little strengthening touches. The flower and leaves require no particular instructions.
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