A quick Kingfisher painting today. Lightning Strike, 15.5 x 10.5 inches watercolour on paper.
Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery at this point and I was too busy to sort it out, but it was just a case of adding some feathers and a few details to the kingfisher's head. Working on the river bed by adding detail, lifting out areas, adding more glazing washes, more detail etc.etc. until I was happy.
Finally I painted some ripples at the top to indicate the surface of the water from below, and made some light shafts by wetting a few streaks and wiping down diagonally with tissue. I tried not to overwork the detail, but rather concentrated on getting a sense of movement by allowing the colours to diffuse and blend together.