I don't normally use a medium when painting the little aceo's but for this I needed to in order to get the depth and colour of the feathers right. This one was also a trial run to work out the colour combinations for the larger one I am planning on painting. It will also be perched in a similar position but will be 6 x 8 inch. I found the perfect colour combination for the breast feathers - cobalt blue and permanent alizarine. The highlighted areas are transparent red oxide with a touch of transparent yellow.
Lilac Breasted Roller 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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