Thursday, 30 April 2015

Black Capped Chickadee in acrylics

This one was fun to paint.  Really pleased with the final painting.

Black Capped Chickadee measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Pauline for the reference photo.



Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Red Faced Warbler ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out.

The red faced Warbler is a small songbird of the Mexican mountains and is found in high elevation forest of Arizona and New Mexico in the US. It measures around 14 cm in lengh and weighs between 8 - 11 grams.

Red Faced Warbler measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300 gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.

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Dickcissel ACEO in acrylics

Love the position this one is sitting on the branch.

Dickcissel's are a small songbird found in America.  They measure around 14 - 16 cm in length and weigh between 23 - 29 grams.

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

Many thanks to Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Red Breasted Nuthatch in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - everything just worked. 

Red Breasted Nuthatch measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord panel.

Many thanks to Michael Pazzani for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Walk through the Woods in acrylics

Enjoy painting this one  - really pleased with the light affect I created on the tree trunks.

Walk through the Woods measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.




Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Yellow Bellied Greenbul ACEO in acrylics

This is the next one I painted. 

The Yellow Bellied Greenbul is a songbird found in Africa.

Yellow Bellied Greenbul 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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Cape Crombec ACEO in acrylics

I love how  this one is perched on the branch.  Really pleased with how the painting turned out - everything just seemed to work.

Cape Crombec or Long - Billed Crombec are found in Africa.  They are nearly tailless measuring around 12 cm in length and weighing about 16 grams.

Cape Crombec 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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Monday, 20 April 2015

American Kestrel in acrylics

I few weeks ago I painted an aceo of just this birds lovely head but I also wanted to paint the full bird.  I wanted a square format but the 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 panels were a just a bit small.  So in the end I decided to paint it on unstretched canvas which can then be rolled and posted in a mail tube thereby keeping postage costs down. 

I am really pleased with the painting and enjoyed painting on larger scale so I think will be doing a few more larger format paintings. 

American Kestrel measures 30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8 inches) and is painted on loose unstretched  Fredrix Watercolour canvas.

Many thanks to Nigel for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

A few aceo paintings in acrylics

Here are a few aceo paintings that I have just add to my Etsy Store. 

Bullfinch ACEO  - Sold

Many thanks to Stefan Berndtsson  for the reference photo



Spring Trail ACEO - Sold



 Spring Path ACEO


Autumn Trail ACEO - Sold


Bluebell Trail 2 ACEO - Sold

Bluebell Path 2 ACEO - Sold



Bluebell Woods in acrylics

This is the next one I painted using the same reference photo as "Spring Forest".  I just changed it to a "Bluebell" scene. I have enjoyed painting the three different version of similar scene so will do it more often.

Bluebell Woods  2  measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Red Backed Shrike ACEO in acrylics

Red Backed Shrike's breed in Europe and western Asia and they winter in Africa.  They measure 16 - 18 cm in length

Red Backed Shrike measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Stefan Berndtsson  for the reference photo.

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Chinspot Batis ACEO in acrylics

Chinspot Batis's are found in Africa.  This is actually the female.  The male plumage is completely white and black with a black bib.

Chinspot Batis measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gms smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Autumn Forest in acrylics

I used the same reference photo as I used for "Spring Forest" - I just changed the season and the trees. 

Autumn Forest measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.



Thursday, 9 April 2015

Spring Forest in acrylics

I  really enjoy  painting the forest scenes as I can use a lot  of artistic license and it is just what I need when I need a break from detail.  I have also painted a bluebell and autumn scene using the same reference photo  - the only part of the scene that is consist is the position of the path as I changed the number and placement of trees.  It is rather fun painting three different versions of the same scene. I will blog the bluebell and autumn paintings next week - just need them to cure before varnishing them.

Spring Forest measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord panel.


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Many thanks to John Warren for the reference photo.


Spring Bridge in acrylics

I have had this one printed out for a while to paint and finally decided to paint it.

Spring Bridge measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to George Gallocker for the reference photo.




Robin ACEO and Eastern Bluebird ACEOin acrylics

Rather pleased how these  two little bird paintings turned out.

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

Many thanks to Kev Chapman for the reference photo.

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

Many thanks to Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Violet Eared Waxbill ACEO in acrylics

I love the colours of this one.  For the tail feathers, I  did a few glazes.  I used white first to indicate the feathers and then went over with a glaze and then repeated until it looked right.

Violet Eared Waxbill's are found in the drier land of Southern Africa.  They measure around 5 inches in length.

Violet Eared Waxbill 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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White Collared Yuhina ACEO in acrylics

This one was interesting to paint as it feathers are mainly a brownish colour.

White Collared Yuhina's are found in China, Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam.

White Collared Yuhina measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Common Yellowthroat in acrylics

I love the position this one is perched on the branch. I used a few glazes to get the colours right for the feather which seemed to work rather well. 

Common Yellowthroat measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Nigel for the reference photo.



Willow Warbler ACEO in acryics

This one was a fun one to paint - everything just seemed to work.  I have been trying out a no 6 designer pointed brush (my no 4 one  has lost it's point a bit).  I thought it would be a bit to big for the finer details but the tip comes to a nice point so works fine.

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

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Narrow Billed Tody ACEO in acrylics

I love the angle this one is sitting on the branch.  

Narrow Billed Tody measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Common Chiffchaff ACEO in acrylics

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

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Red Breasted Nuthatch ACEO in acrylics

I love the colouring of these birds.  Really pleased with how the final painting turned out.

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

Many thanks Matt MacGillivray for the reference photo.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Spring in acrylics

This one was fun to paint. 

Spring  measures 7 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to  Manuela Bertele for the reference photo.




Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Forest Track ACEO in acrylics

And for the last one, I painted this little scene.

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

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Country Cottage ACEO in acrylics

This was next one I painted. 

Country Cottage measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

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Spring Pathway ACEO in acrylics

I felt like painting a few little landscape paintings. This is the first one I did.  Rather pleased with how it turned out.  It looks nothing like the reference photo.  I tend to use the reference photo's more for the placement of the path and the occasional tree but that's about it.

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

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Crested Tit ACEO in acrylics

Crested Tit's are found throughout central and Northern Europe and in the ancient pinewoods of Scotland.  They measure about 11.5 cm in length and weigh between 10 - 13 grams.

Crested Tit measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Golden Breasted Bunting ACEO in acrylics

I love the position this one is perched on the branch.

Golden Breasted Bunting's are found in Africa south of the Sahara. They measure between 15 - 16 cm in length.

Golden Breasted Bunting 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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