Let’s Paint a Macaw {and learn to draw!}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely bird. Don’t tell anyone but I am sneaking in some drawing too (maybe if I make it really fun people won’t realize that they are learning a lot, let’s keep this between you and me though, I don’t want anyone scared away!)


I was thrilled to read in YouTube comments that several of you tried it right away and had good success! I hope you try it too, if you do let me know in the comments below! I am using inktense water-soluble pencils (Derwent) but feel free to use whatever watercolor pencils, inks or paints you have.

I know many of you have a long holiday weekend so what better time to try some of my free painting tutorials. If you post your creations online please le me know so I can see them!


  • I am using Derwent Inktense in the following colors:
    #0200, 0230, 1720, 1520, 1000, 2020, 0500
  • #6 round brush (Loew-Cornell Comfort 3000)
  • Strathmore 140# watercolor greeting card
  • Photo Reference (by MarcoPolo23 courtesy MorgeFile)

BTW on the right hand side of my blog I have started a list of website who have royalty free images that can be used as artist reference photos. If you know of other reputable sites (besides Paint My Photo or MorgeFile) please let me know so I can check them out. I’d like to come up with a good resource for you guys.

To all of my American friends have a safe happy holiday weekend and to everyone happy crafting!

11 Responses

  1. I so love your watercolor tutorials. I did the Macaw& sold it today along with 6 more from other videos. I received 3 blue ribbons, 3 red ones & 2 yellow at our fair this yr. I still have to pinch myself to believe what I’ve painted.So thank you for your inspiration.


  2. Oh, I really like this. I have always learned so much from watching you draw and paint. You make it seem effortless. Great job.


  3. Wonderful job your Macaw looks amazing!!


  4. Another photo reference site is http://www.wetcanvas.com, you do have to register to use the photos.


  5. Seeing the reference photo next to the work in progress is great, because seeing how you interpret photos into art is key. (For your previous painting tutorials, I open two browser windows and resize them so I can see the ref. photo side-by-side with your painting videos. The drawing lesson is most helpful! Thanks🙂


  6. I really like watching your tutorials,I learn so much. What would the world be like without good people like you? No one would be learning anything, for sure. Thanks alot for all your hard work!!!!!


  7. Always watch everything you put on your weblog,love what you do you have taught me so much Lindsey that I feel like I know you,thank you so much for taking time from your busy life to help people like me that are beginners and experienced crafters,love you!


  8. Beautiful painting. Thanks for the tutorial and the link to the new photo site. FYI: the beak parts are upper and lower mandible.🙂


  9. Yes, seeing the photo is very helpful.


  10. i never thought I could draw nor color but thanks to your videos I can watercolor and I love it.


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