Saturday Art Challenge


Simplified shapes and colours!

Hello everyone!

I apologise, it’s another pigeon post! But as promised yesterday this is the last pigeon related post for now and we will move on to new things next week for our final blog posts.

Following our little interactions with pigeons this week I decided to have a go at a little water colour painting of the racing pigeon we found. I have to admit that I’m out of practice with water colours but I really enjoyed messing about and creating this little caricature of our pigeon friend. Hopefully I captured his quirky little personality!

The thing I love most about pigeon’s is the complimentary colours of their feathers and the contrasting eye colours. I thought I might have a go at trying to make a more simplified version using the basic shapes of his body and using the vivid colour palette that the pigeon presented to me.

The funny thing was that my little pigeon seemed to get a bit rounder and fatter with each painting! I thought this added to the charm! Perhaps it would make a nice textile design or a print for a cushion?

Task: Your challenge is to choose something simple in nature such as a flower or a leaf and have a go at making simplified shapes with strong colours inspired by what you see. Try to reduce your drawing down to the basic shapes and lines. It’s really quite fun once you get started.

Have fun! See you next week for the final blog posts! Please let me know if you have enjoyed this blog during lock down. I am happy to add you to a mailing list for any further interesting events and activities.

With kind regards,

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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