Sunday, 28 February 2016

Iris No 2 in acrylics

The other pastel paper that I discovered that I could use with acrylics was the Pastelmat paper as it has a water resistant surface. 

I decided to try it out with this lovely flower.  It bit different to the Colourfix Suede paper but I also like the way the paint goes on - seems to go on smoother.

Iris No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on 360gsm Pastelmat paper.

Many thanks to Kathy Throop for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Rufous Capped Warbler No 2 in acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this one - just love its colours and pose.

Rufous Capped Warbler No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix 500gsm Suede Paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.





Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Macgillivray's Warbler ACEO in acrylics

And for my next one, I paint this cute little bird.


Macgillivray's Warbler are found in Western United States, West Canada and migrate back to Central America in autumn.  They measure around 10 - 15 cm in length and weigh between 9 - 13 grams.

Macgillivray's 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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White Plumed Honeyeater ACEO in acrylics

I love the pose of this one. Really pleased with how it turned out.

White Plumed Honeyeaters are endemic to mainland Australia.  They measure around 15 - 17 cm in length and weigh on average 19 grams.

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

Many thanks to Jim Bendon for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Hibiscus in acrylics

I decided to paint a flower for a change.  Originally I was going to have the flower against the white of the paper but after I had finished painting it, I decide it need a background colour.  So decided do then wash so that had more watercolour effect.  Really pleased with how it turned out.  I used quite a few glazes to get the depth to the petals.

Hibiscus measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Common Yellowthroat No 2 in acrylics

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


Common Yellowthroat No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix 500gsm Suede Paper.

Many thanks to Kira for the reference photo.




Friday, 19 February 2016

House Finch in acrylics

I decided to paint this one also on the Colourfix Suede paper.  Really love how it turned out.

House Finch measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

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








Thursday, 18 February 2016

Siskin in acrylics

I had a thought the other day that the pastel paper that I had left over from my days working in pastel would be suitable for colour pencils.  So I pulled it all out and discovered something interesting that I hadn't realised - the surface is suitable for acrylics.

I was curious to try out a different surface so decided to first try out  the Colourfix Suede paper with acrylics.  I absolutely love  this paper for acrylics - it is hard to explain but the paint just slides on and it is easier to paint detail.

Some information on the Colourfix Suede paper  - the base paper is a 500gsm hot press watercolour paper and it is an archival quality surface suitable for use with a range of mediums including acrylics.

So here is the painting I did on this paper.

Siskin measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix 500gsm Suede Paper.


Many thanks to Aschi for the reference photo.








Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Barn Swallow ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out - everything just worked.

Barn Swallows are found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.  It measures between 17 - 19 cm in length and weighs between 16 - 22 grams.

Barn Swallow 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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Striped Kingfisher ACEO in acrylics

Love the blue tail feathers of this one.

The Striped Kingfisher is found in Sub - Saharan Africa. It measures around 16 - 18 cm in length.

Striped Kingfisher 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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Fork Tailed Woodnymph ACEO in acrylics

I was drawn to the different angle this one is perched on the branch. 

The Fork Tailed Woodnymph is a species of hummingbird found in South America.  It also known as a Common Woodnymph.

Fork Tailed Woodnymph 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, 16 February 2016

Laughing Kookaburra in acrylics

I took this reference photo for this one a few years back at Sydney's Taranga Zoo - really pleased with how it turned out.


Laughing Kookaburra measures 12 x 12 inches and is painted on  loose unstretched Fredrix watercolour canvas.






Monday, 15 February 2016

Brown Capped Vireo in acrylics

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

Brown Capped Vireo are found in Southern Mexico and northwestern Bolivia.  They measure around 12 cm in length and weigh about 12 grams


Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Tiger in acrylics

I haven't painted a tiger in ages and I love this ones close up profile.  I used quite a few layers to get the depth to the fur and I am really pleased with the final painting.

Tiger measures 10 x 8 inches and is painted on loose unstretched Fredrix canvas.

Many thanks to Gary Jones for the reference photo.


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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

American Goldfinch in acrylics

And I couldn't resist painting this one - really pleased with out it turned out.

American Goldfinch measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Debra Underwood for the reference photo.

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Lesser Goldfinch ACEO in acrylics

And the next one is this little guy.

Lesser Goldfinches are  found in Western United States through to  South America.  They are a very small songbird measuring around 9 - 12 cm in length.


Lesser Goldfinch 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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Yellow Thornbill ACEO in acrylics

I seemed to be on a yellow bird painting spree this week - it one of my favourite colours to paint so I am bit drawn to them. This is the first one.

Yellow Thornbill 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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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Eastern Bluebird in acrylics

I love how this in is perched on the branch.. 

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


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


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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Little Bee- Eater in acrylics

Love the colours of these birds.  Really please with the final painting.


Little Bee- Eater measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.



Black Goggled Tanager ACEO in acrylics

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


Black Goggled Tanagers are found Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

Many thanks to Dario Sanches for the reference photo.

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Steller's Jay ACEO in acrylics

Love the blue feathers of this one.

Steller's Jays are found in Western North America.  They are a large songbird measuring  between  30 - 34 cm in length and weigh between 100 - 140 grams.
Steller's Jay 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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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Robin No 10 in acrylics

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

Robin No 10 measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Pixelbloke for the reference photo.

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Pink Lady in acrylics

This is my favourite apple variety to eat and as this one still had a leaf attached to it  I  decided do a painting of it before I eat it.

Pink Lady measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.