Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Blue Jay ACEO in acrylics

I enjoyed painting this one - everything just worked.

Blue Jays are found through out eastern and central United States and Southern Canada. They  measure between 22 - 30 cm in length and weigh between 70 - 100 grams.  An interesting fact about the Blue Jay is that the pigment in it's feathers is melanin which is actually brown.  So the blue colour arises from modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs which scatters the light creating  the blue colour.

Blue Jay measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Lissa Perkins for the reference photo.

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