I couldn't decide on which medium to paint this lovely bird in. I was going between acrylics and watercolours. In the end I decided to do a watercolour head study in order to get an idea on how it would look in watercolours.
I was really pleased with the result so I will be painting the whole bird in watercolours.
Of course I still want to do an acrylic version. Fortunately I have two more reference photos with the same bird but with its head at slightly different angles. So I can paint an acrylic and I am also think an oil version.
Carmine Bee-Eaters are found across sub-equatorial Africa ranging from KwaZulu - Natal in South Africa across to Namibia and Gabon, the Eastern Congo and Kenya.
Carmine Bee - Eater measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm rough Arches watercolour paper.
Many thanks to Scotch Macaskill for the reference photo.