These paintings are watercolor on canvas. I paint the primed canvas (linen or cotton coated with an acrylic gesso, ready for oil or acrylic paint) with an absorbent ground. The ground looks like thick, chalky, white paint, but allows the surface to accept the watercolor pigment.
I painted three birds into the picture. I think the top most “bird” is actually a spot of dirt on the scanner glass. I looked for him after I saw the scanned picture, but he had already flown away!
After I am finished, I let the watercolor dry and then spray the canvas with a clear acrylic finish. These are just the front panels. The canvas wraps around the stretcher bars, so the sides are painted, too. On my computer screen these are larger than life-size!