Friday, 29 January 2016

Sunlit Forest in acrylics

This one started out as a Autumn scene which was not working so I ended up adding white paint  to paint over it and somehow this painting emerged.  It was fun to paint.


Sunlit Forest measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.






Thursday, 28 January 2016

Burleigh Beach in acrylics

A few months back I took a day trip down to the Gold Coast (about 1 hour and bit drive away).  Took a few reference  photos at Burleigh Beach and decided to paint this scene. 

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



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Coppersmith Barbet ACEO in acrylics

Love the pattern of this ones feathers.

The Coppersmith Barbet are also known as Crimson - Breasted Barbet or Coppersmith.   They are found on the Indian subcontinent and parts of South East Asia.

Coppersmith Barbet 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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Rose Bellied Bunting ACEO in acrylics

I love this ones feathers colours.

The Rose Bellied Bunting is also known as Rosita's Bunting,  They are found in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and are threated by habitat loss.


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

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Western Tanager in acrylics

I love how this one is perched and framed by the pink flowers.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

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

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.


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Monday, 25 January 2016

Autumn Stream ACEO and Bluebell Stream ACEO in acrylics

I felt like painting  a few little aceo landscapes.

This is the first one - Autumn Stream ACEO

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And for the next one, this little Bluebell Scene


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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Margate Beach in acrylics

This spot is opposite a fish and chip shop that I often go to - it is on the Redcliffe peninsula and is about  15 minute drive away from were I live.  Normally the Bay is quite calm but if the wind is blowing then it can be rather choppy with larger waves which it was in this case and for once I had my camera with me so managed to get few reference photos

Margate Beach measures 8 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar Canvas panel.





Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Social Flycatcher ACEO

And for my next one, I painted this one -  love its colours.

Social Flycatchers are found in the Americas.  They measure around 16 - 18 cm in length and weigh between 24 - 27 grams.

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


Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Marsh Tit ACEO in acrylics

Love how this one is clinging to the tree trunk - really pleased with how it turned out.

Marsh Tits are found in Europe and Northern Asia.  They measure around 12 cm in length and weigh around 12 grams.


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

Many thanks to Aschi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Superb Fairy Wren No 6 in acrylics

This is one of my favourite birds - I always go looking for them when I go for a walk.  This little guy lives in my area and he and his family were catching insects for about 15 minutes so I managed to get a few good reference photos.


Superb Fairy Wren No 6 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

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Monday, 18 January 2016

Tufted Titmouse No 5 in acrylics

I love painting these birds and I really liked the position this one is perched on the branch.

Tufted Titmouse measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord panel.

Many thanks to Debra Underwood for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Rooster in acrylics

I have wanted to paint a rooster for a while. He was rather fun to paint and I am really pleased with how he turned out.

Rooster measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on Raymar canvas panel.









Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Black and Yellow Broadbill ACEO in acrylics

This one is so different to other birds that I have painted - it is quite amazing how many different species of birds there are around the world.


Black and Yellow Broadbills are found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.


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

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Yellow Throated Vireo ACEO in acrylics


This is another one that I just love the angle that it is perched - really pleased with how it turned out.

Yellow Throated Vireo 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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Black Capped Chickadee ACEO in acrylics

I love the angle this one is perched.


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


Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Malachite Kingfisher in acrylics

Kingfishers are another favourite bird of mine so couldn't resist painting this one as I just love the position it is perched on the branch.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

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


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Many thanks to Pixabay for the reference photo.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Two Cherries in acrylics

For something different, I decided to painting a few cherries.  Rather pleased with how they turned out.

Two Cherries measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

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Autumn Woods ACEO and Seacape ACEO in acrylics

Painted a few little aceo's - the first one was a landscape  and the next one a little seascape.

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

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Seascape No 5 measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300 gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.



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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Black and White Cat in acrylics

For something different I decided to paint a cat.  I love this ones "stare".

Black and White Cat measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Aschi for the reference photo.




Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Kangaroo in coloured pencils

Really pleased with how this one turned out.  Coloured pencils just seemed suited towards drawing a kangaroo.  Might try a dog next.

Kangaroo measures 6 x 8 inches and is drawn on Art Spectrum fine tooth paper.

The drawing in available for purchase through Etsy.  To view the listing, please click here.



Eastern Phoebe ACEO in acrylics

For my next one, I painted this little flycatcher.

Eastern Phoebe are found in eastern North America, southernmost United States and Central America.   They measure around 14 - 17 cm in length  and weigh between 16 - 21 grams.

Eastern Phoebe 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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Nashville Warbler No 2 ACEO in acrylics

I decided to paint another Nashville Warbler  as my first painting for 2016. I am rather enjoy painting yellow birds  so thought it was a good one to start the year with.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Nashville Warblers are found in North and Central America.  They measure between 10 -12 cm in length and weigh between 7 - 12 grams.  An interesting fact about them is that they sometimes use porcupine quills as nest material.

Nashville Warbler No 2 measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted  on 300 gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Squirrel in acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this cute little guy. I used a lot of glazes to get the depth and colour to the fur and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Squirrel measures approx. 8 x 12 inches and is painted on unstretched loose Fredrix watercolour canvas.


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Many thanks to Pixabay for the reference photo.

Sunset ACEO in acrylics

Happy New Year - Hope everyone had  great Christmas and New Year.

This was the last little painting that I painted for 2015 - had a bit of paint left over from a larger 5 x 5 inch painting so thought it would be rather a fun one to paint to end the year with.

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


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