"Blue Jay"

Ellsworth, Maine

Watercolor painting of a Blue Jay  by artist Beth Whitney | Downeast Watercolors

"Blue Jay" is an original Maine watercolor painting by Beth Whitney. 

This realistic bird illustration features a curious Blue Jay enjoying his perch in a crabapple tree.  The variety of blues in his head, body, and tail are wonderful - so much fun to paint!  My parents have a wide variety of birds in their garden, so my dad doesn't have to travel far for photographs.

A fun fact is that all of the white you see is paper that I reserved either using masking fluid or negative painting.  I only use white guache if I'm desperate, and I painted slowly enough that I was able to avoid it for this.  I also used a tiny brush, particularly on his head.

This is the first of a new series of bird portraits.  I started with the Blue Jay because I had one as a pet when I was little.  Squeaker had been abandoned in the nest, so my parents let me rescue him and raise him by hand.  He lived in the garage and would play with me in the yard, coming in as he pleased. 

Giclee prints are available in 3 sizes.  Order from my shop on Etsy or contact me to purchase. 

Watercolor on paper | $350 matted
Image: 8x12" | Size matted: 12x16"

This original watercolor painting includes a classic double white archival mat and backing board in a crystal clear protective closure sleeve. It's ready to slip into a standard 12x16" frame (not included).

The pictures below will help you visualize the matted painting and give you ideas for choosing a frame. I recommend taking it with you when you go frame shopping so you can test drive several profiles and find one that speaks to you.

  • Blue Jay bird painting in kitchen
    Painting in a sunny kitchen

  • Painting of a Blue Jay bird a tree
    Painting over a coatrack