I love the colours of this birds feathers - very vibrant. The trickiest part was painting the black plumage - used Prussian blue and burnt sienna to add some contrast.
These birds nest across much of North America. They are around 11 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 6 - 9 grams. Young males and female American Redstarts have grey and yellow plumage and the male only develops the striking black and orange breeding plumage in its second fall.
American Redstart measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.
Many thanks to Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.