Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fall Road ACEO in acrylics

I love painting the autumn colours  - they are just so colourful.  Really please with how this little painting turned out.

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

Many thanks to Gail Young for the reference photo.

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Mountain Peak ACEO in acrylics

This one was fun to paint.  Enjoyed painting the mountain so thinking of  painting a larger version of it but without the water.

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

Many thanks to Llja for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Magnolia Warbler ACEO in acrylics

The Magnolia Warbler is a small songbird found in North America.  They measure around 11 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 6.6 - 12.6 grams.

Magnolia Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Matt Tillett for the reference photo.

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Mocking Cliff Chat ACEO in acrylics

I really enjoyed painting this one.  Everything just seemed to work.

Mocking Cliff Chat measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Superb Fairy Wren in acrylics

I love painting the Superb Fairy Wren - just love his blue feathers.  Really pleased with the final painting.

Superb Fairy Wren measures 8 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar Feather Lite Canvas panel.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Spotted Pardalote in acrylics

I really enjoyed painting this one - love the position of the bird on the branch.  So pleased with the final painting - everything just worked.  For the background, I used a combination of the olive green, blue, touch of red and lots of white which worked really well.

Spotted Pardalote measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar Feather Lite Canvas Panel.

Many thanks to Wayne Butterworth for the reference photo.



Sunday, 19 October 2014

Fall Waterfall ACEO in acrylics

I changed this one a  bit when compared to the reference photo.   I added in the waterfall and changed the season to autumn - it sort of evolved as I was painting it. Really pleased with the final painting.

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

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Many thanks to Dwayne Gresham for the reference photo.

Country Road ACEO in acrylics

I needed a little break from painting detail so decided to paint a couple of ACEO landscapes.  This is the first one.  Rather pleased with the final painting.

Country Road measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Beverly for the reference photo.



Ringed Kingfisher ACEO in acrylics

I just love the way this one is sitting on the branch.  He was rather fun to paint with the different head angle.  Really pleased with the final painting.

Ringed Kingfishers are found along the lower Rio Grande valley in south eastern Texas, through to Central America and Tierra Del Fuego in South America.  They are a fairly large kingfisher measuring 40 - 41 cm in length.

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

Many thanks to Frank Vassen for the reference photo.

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Little Bee Eater ACEO in acrylics

I love the colouring of the bee eaters.  For this one, I decided to go for a more mottled background effect which works really well.

Little Bee - Eater's are found in much of sub Saharan Africa.  It is Africa's smallest Bee - Eater measuring only 15 - 17 cm in length.

Little Bee Eater  measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Yellow Crowned Bishop ACEO in acrylics

The other day I bought I new acrylic colour - Australian Olive Green by Derivan.  It is a lovely green and quite handy to have when painting landscapes or backgrounds as you can darken it with blue/red or lighten it with yellow / white.  The background for this one is the Olive Green plus white and a touch of purple and it worked really well to create a more subdued background. Really pleased with how this one turned out.

The Yellow Crowned Bishop is found in Africa south the Sahara. They are about 9.5 - 10.5 cm in length and weight around 15 grams.

Yellow Crowned Bishop measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to  Michael Pazzani for the reference photo.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Malachite Kingfisher in acrylics

I enjoyed painting this one.  I painted the water using glazes which worked rather well.  Really pleased with the final painting.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Field Mouse In Acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this adorable little fellow and really pleased with the final painting.

Field Mouse measures 8 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar Feather Lite Canvas panel.

Many thanks to Dave Webb for the reference photo.






Sunday, 12 October 2014

Spring Tree in acrylics

I completely changed the season for this one. The reference photo was a winter snow scene but I decided to paint it as a spring scene.  Really please with the final painting.

Spring Tree measures 10 x 8 inches and is painted on canvas board (panel)

Many thanks to Steve Lyddon for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Yellow Breasted Apalis ACEO in acrylics

I love the colouring of this bird.  I used a combination of Ultramarine Blue, Transparent Yellow, Yellow Ochre and a bit of raw umber to create the olive green feathers - worked rather well.  Really pleased with the final painting.

The Yellow Breasted Apalis is found in Sub Saharan Africa and are about 11 - 13 cm in length.

Yellow Breasted Apalis measures 3.5 x 2. 5inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Black Capped Chickadee ACEO in acrylics

For this one, I experimented a bit with the background - I created more of a mottled effect by not blending it as much.  I really like the effect that it created so now I want to experiment with a larger background - will see how it goes.  Really pleased how this little chickadee turned out.

The Black Capped Chickadee is a small songbird found in North America.  An interesting fact about them is that they hide seeds and other food items to eat later.  They can remember thousands of spots were they have hidden food.  They measure around 12 - 15 cm in length and weigh between 9 - 14 grams.

Black Capped Chickadee measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Rodney Campbell for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Autumn Begins in Watercolours

I ended up having to paint this one twice.  I bought new masking tape which I normally use around the border of a watercolour painting.  Never had a problem before but when I removed the masking tape this time, it tore the watercolour paper.  So I had start again.  Second time round I didn't use masking tape - just means I have a more messy border.

Autumn begins measures 10 x 8 inches and is painted on 300gsm Daler Rowney "The Langton" NOT watercolour paper .

Many thanks to Nicola B for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Path to the Mountain in acrylics

I really enjoyed painting this one - everything just seemed to work.

Path to the Mountain measures 8 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord panel

Many thanks to Fiona Thompson for the reference photo.



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Bush Walk in acrylics

I was going through my photos and come across some photos  that I took when I visited Girraween National Park a few years back. It is about 260 km south west of Brisbane.   I always liked this scene - it was the path that took you to a small watering hole so I decided to paint it. I am really pleased with the final painting.

Bush Walk measures 6 x 8 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord panel.




Thursday, 2 October 2014

Silvereye in acrylics

For this one I experimented a bit with the background.  I used quite a bit of medium to blend the paint and to add glazes in order to create the background.  Really please the final painting.

Silvereye measures 8 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar Feather Lite Canvas panel.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh  for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

White Breasted Nuthatch ACEO in acrylics

I love how these birds are able to cling to trees. I am also planning on painting another one but it will be 6 x 6 inches and the nuthatch is sitting on a rock.

The White Breasted Nuthatch is a small songbird found across temperate North America.  They range between 13 - 14 cm in length and weigh between 18 - 30 grams.

White Breasted Nuthatch measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300 gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Matt MacGillivray for the reference photo.

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Yellow Throated Vireo ACEO in acrylics

Yellow Throated Vireo's are a small songbird that are found in Southern Canada and Eastern United States during the breeding months.  They migrate to Central America, the  deep southern United States and Mexico.  They range between 13 - 15 cm in length and weigh between 15 - 21 grams.

Yellow Throated Vireo measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Matt Tillett for the reference photo.

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Great Kiskadee ACEO in acrylics

I enjoyed painting this one.  Everything just worked.

The Great Kiskadee is  a large tyrant flycatcher  found in Southern Texas and  from Mexico through South America. The range in length from 21 - 27 cm and weigh between 52 - 68 grams.

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

Many thanks to Michael Pazzani for the reference photo.

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