In addition to practicing observation you can always use reference images to continue practicing and painting birds from other countries. Or even from other times. Its what Birds of America gives you a journey into the natural world of the 19th century. Printed between 1827 and 1838 this free resource contains 435 lifesize watercolors of North American birds all reproduced from handengraved plates. Considered the archetype of wildlife illustration its author is John James Audubon the first ornithologist in America. Free 435 19th century bird watercolors 1 Some of the bird watercolors that you can download.
Birds of America painted like never before Audubon compiled all his pieces in Birds of America one of those books that are a treasure since only 100 copies are currently photo background removing preserved. One of them is among the 11 most expensive volumes ever auctioned. euros in 2012. It is considered a preeminent natural history document and one of the most visually impressive works of art in the world explains Roberta Olson curator of the drawing section of the New York Historical Society the institution that houses Audubons watercolors from of which the engravings that form it were made.
The good news is that thanks to this institution watercolor paintings of birds and the places where they live are accessible to everyone. From their digital library they have created a collection that includes 435 bird paintings for lovers of ornithology or creatives like you who are looking for inspiration. Each print is also available as a free high resolution download. Free 435 19th century bird watercolors 3 Audubon paints the birds at special moments in their everyday lives. Free 435 19th century bird watercolors 4 Harlequin Duck.