My cousin Lauren recently got married in Baltimore, home to her husband Chris’ beloved Orioles. For their wedding gift, I decided to paint a pair of real Baltimore orioles.
(Fun fact: Did you know that Baltimore orioles get their name from the Baltimore family in England, whose crest features a similar color scheme?)
I started with sketches on tracing paper, working out the layout and deciding what kind of plant to have in the painting with them. I finally settled on flowering dogwood (the state flower of Virginia, where Lauren and Chris are from). Once that was done, it was time to transfer the drawing and start painting.