Featured Artist Judy Boyd

Artist Judy Boyd uses color, composition and meticulous attention to detail in her unique and fascinating watercolor bird portraits. Visit her website to see more.

 

“Kori Bustard” Watercolor, 16” x 20” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Kori Bustard” Watercolor, 16” x 20”

 

In a fast-paced urban existence, birds are a touchstone to nature. They fly in and out of our consciousness, making a stop at a feeder, taking a walk or swim in the park, resting on utility wires, nesting in a tree outside our window.

 

“American White Pelican” Watercolor, 25” x 12” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“American White Pelican” Watercolor, 25” x 12”

 

Flowing with the seasons, birds are the ultimate nomads. They always leave us wishing for a bit more of their time and looking forward to their return. I paint them to connect. I paint them to remember.

 

“Great Blue Heron” Watercolor, 22” x 28” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Great Blue Heron” Watercolor, 22” x 28”

 

I started working with watercolor at the same time that I started painting birds. I’ve learned a lot about both during my fifteen year (and ongoing) ornithological exploration. During this time, I’ve traveled around the United States and to Belize, Mexico, Panama, and Ecuador to see, photograph, and paint birds.

 

“Gray Hawk” Watercolor, 18” x 18” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Gray Hawk” Watercolor, 18” x 18”

 

While photographic realism is not my goal, I do want the species of the bird to be recognizable in my paintings. After that’s accomplished, I feel comfortable taking some artistic license with colors, patterns, and textures.

 

“Painted Stork” Watercolor, 20” x 28” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Painted Stork” Watercolor, 20” x 28”

 

The detail in my work is all done with a brush. I use a dry brush technique because I like the control it gives me. I love fine detail and take every opportunity to explore repeating shapes and patterns in the feathers.

 

“Common Raven” Watercolor, 11” x 14” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Common Raven” Watercolor, 11” x 14”

 

I also like the layering and transparency that watercolor affords. I paint each bird numerous times, building the shapes from light to dark, little by little.

 

“Green Heron” Watercolor, 20” x 10” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Green Heron” Watercolor, 20” x 10”

 

I don’t usually paint a lot of habitat because I don’t like it to take the focus away from the bird. Instead, I often use my fanciful borders to tell some of the story about where the bird lives.

 

“American Flamingo” Watercolor, 16” x 20” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“American Flamingo” Watercolor, 16” x 20”

 

The blue-green border on the American Flamingo painting, for example, represents the cyanobacteria that turn flamingos pink when they eat it.

 

“Wood Stork” Watercolor, 24” x 18” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wood Stork” Watercolor, 24” x 18”

 

The Green Heron is surrounded by the fish it is hunting. The border on the African Kori Bustard is inspired by Maasai tribal designs. The tropical Wood Stork is framed by bamboo.

 

“Sandhill Crane” Watercolor, 18” x 24” by artist Judy Boyd. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sandhill Crane” Watercolor, 18” x 24”

 

What’s next? I’m currently working on a series of threatened/endangered birds. I hope to focus attention on the plight of the birds and other animals that must share their world with a human population of more than 7 billion today, 9 billion by 2040.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful work and beautifully written! I’m looking forward to seeing your new series of endangered birds, Judy!!

  2. I was surprised to see you work is done in watercolor…I thought for sure from those tiny image it was colored pencil…just amazing detail with a water medium!! I love how you put their environment in the boarder…very creative!! Beautiful work Judy!!!

  3. Your kind words are encouraging, Kathryn. Thank you! The images on my website are larger and you can get a better look at the brushwork if you are interested: birds-by-boyd.com. If you are ever in Santa Fe, please look me up!

  4. Lovely paintings, even the borders are part of the art. Very admirable details.

  5. wow! Really stunning work, full of so much detail and precision, they are magical!

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