Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Nashville Warbler ACEO in acrylics

Love the colouring of this one.  I ended up darkening the background in order to get the bird to stand out a bit.  Really pleased with the final painting.

Nashville Warbler is a small songbird found in North and Central America.  It measures between 10 - 12 cm in length and weighs between 7 -12grams.

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


Many thank to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Blue and Yellow Tanager ACEO in acrylics

I love the colours of this one and how the sunlight is highlighting its feathers.

Blue and Yellow Tanager's are found in South America.  They measure around 16.5 - 18 cm in length.

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

Many thanks to Dario Sanches for the reference photo.

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Canada Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I love the angle this one is perched on the branch.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

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


Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Calliope Hummingbird in acrylics

I always find hummingbirds a bit of a challenge to paint re feathers.  I nearly gave up on this one as it was just not working.  So I went and made myself a cup of coffee and eat some chocolate biscuits (that always helps).  After my break everything just started to come together and the painting took shape.  Really pleased with how the final painting turned out. 

Calliope Hummingbirds are native to the United States and Canada.  They winter in Central America.  They are a very small hummingbird measuring only 7 - 10 cm in length and
weigh between 2 - 3 grams.


Calliope Hummingbird measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Bluebell Forest in acrylics

I have had this one printed out for a while to paint - love the tree in the foreground.   I used a few glazes of Transparent Red Oxide on the foreground tree which worked really well.


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



Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Seascape 4 ACEO in acrylics

And this is the seascape one.

Seascape 4 measures  2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.


Summer Stream ACEO in acrylics

Decided to paint  a landscape and seascape aceo as I needed a mini break from  detail.  So this is the little landscape - it was rather fun one to paint.

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

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Rufous Capped Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I  love how this one turned out.  I had the background too light to begin with so ended up darkening it which then just brought the whole painting to life. 

The Rufous Capped Warbler is found from Mexico and south to much of Central America.  They measure between 12 - 13.5cm in length.

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

Many thank to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Mourning Warbler ACEO in acylics

This one was fun to paint.  Used a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.


Mourning Warblers are found in eastern and central North America.  They measure between 10 - 15 cm in length and weigh between 11 - 13 grams.

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

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.


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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Eastern Yellow Robin ACEO in acrylics

I love the way this one is clinging to the tree trunk.  

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

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Down by the River in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out - everything just seemed to work. 

Down by the River measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.




Thursday, 17 September 2015

Robin No 9 in acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this cute little fellow.  Love the way his feathers are all puffed up.

Robin No 9 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.


Many thanks to Villager Jim for the reference photo.





Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Blue Winged Warbler ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out.  It is always a bit tricky to get definition to feathers that are all one colour - used quite a few glazes.


Blue Winged Warblers are found in North America.  They are a small songbird measuring between 11 - 12 cm in length and weigh around 9 grams.

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

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Painted Redstart ACEO in acrylics

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

Painted Redstarts are a small songbird found in North America.  They measure between 13 - 15 cm in length and weigh between 8 - 11 grams.


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

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Lemur in acrylics

I love the colour of this ones eyes.  I used quite a few glazes to the depth and colour to the fur. 

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

Many thanks to Rachael Thorne for the reference photo.

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Canada Warbler in acrylics

I cropped this one to a head portrait as the body of the bird was in the shadows but I really liked the sunlight effect on its head and chest feathers.  I used a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers and really love how it turned out.

Canada Warbler measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

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

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Woodland Track in acrylics

Enjoyed painting this one - everything just seemed to work.


Woodland Track measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.




Wednesday, 9 September 2015

White Bearded Manakin ACEO in acrylics

This one was interesting to paint as it is  more difficult to paint black feathers.  I used a few glazes of red/blue to create some definition to the feathers.

The white bearded manakin is found in South America.  They measure around 10.7 cm in length and weigh around 16.5 grams.

Many thanks to Dario Sanches for the reference photo.

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Melodious Warbler ACEO in acrylics

 Love the position this one is perched on the branch.

Melodious Warblers are found in southwest Europe and northwest Africa,  It measures between 12 - 13 in length.

Melodious Warbler ACEO measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Arches Watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Frank Vassen for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Lanner Falcon in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out. I did  quite a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.  I used the transparent red oxide to get the reddish brown colour to the feathers.  I prefer it over burnt sienna as I find that burnt sienna goes a bit pinkish when white is added. 

Lanner Falcons breed in Africa, South East Europe and into Asia. They measure around 43 - 50 cm in length. 

Lanner Falcon measure 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to  Scotch Macaskill for the reference photo.





Iris in acrylics

I love the different colour petals of this one.  I used quite a few glazes to get the depth and definition to the petals.

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

Many thanks to Terry Krysak for the reference photo.





Friday, 4 September 2015

Tranquil Sea in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out.  Everything just worked.


Tranquil Sea measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.



Thursday, 3 September 2015

Yellow Warbler 3 in acrylics

I loved painting the close up portrait of this one - love the angle of his head.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Yellow Warbler 3 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Rodney Campbell for the reference photo.







Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Coal Tit ACEO in acrylics

Everything just seemed to work with this one and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Coal Tit's are found throughout Eurasia and Northern Africa.  They measure between 10 - 11.5 cm in length.

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

Many thanks to David H Battye for the reference photo.

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Owl ACEO in acrylics

I love this ones eyes.  I used quite a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.

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

Many thanks to Gary Jones for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Summer Bridge ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out.  Everything just seemed to work.

Summer Bridge measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Archers watercolour paper.

Many thanks to David H Battye for the reference photo.

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Stormy Day ACEO in acrylics

For something different I changed this one a bit to make it more into a stormy landscape.  Really please with how it turned out

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

Many thanks to Steve Lyddon for the reference photo.

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Summer Track ACEO in acrylics

I painted a few landscape aceo's.  This is the first one.  Really pleased how this one turned out.


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

Many thanks to Steve Lyddon for the reference photo.

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Pansy in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - I used a few glazes to get depth to the petals.

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

Many thanks to Fontaine Moore for the reference photo.

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