Friday, 29 July 2016

Forest Double Collared Sunbird in acrylics

I love the colouring of this ones feathers.  I used quite a few glazes to build up the depth to the feathers.  There are a few colours that I only ever use once in while and for this one I decided to use a  premixed green (sap green)  for the green feathers -  normally I mix my own greens.  It worked rather well as it is a more intense and transparent so it was  ideal for glazing.

Forest Double Collared Sunbird measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.






Thursday, 28 July 2016

Coal Tit in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - everything just worked. 

Coal Tit measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Sue Dudley for the reference photo.



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Clay Coloured Sparrow ACEO in acrylics

I love this ones markings.

Clay Coloured Sparrows are found in North America.  They measure around  13 - 15 cm in length and weigh around 12 grams.

Clay Coloured Sparrow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Summer Tanager ACEO in acrylics

I love the way this one is perched on the branch and his vibrant red feathers.  It took me forever to get the depth to the feathers - I used quite a few glazes to build up the depth and colour.

Summer Tanagers are an American Songbird.  They measure around  17 cm in length and weigh about 30 grams.

Summer Tanager measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.


Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Superb Fairy Wren in acrylics

This is another one from the reference photos I took a while back of the family of wrens that live in my area down by the lake.  Love the way he is perched on the branch.


Superb Fairy Wren measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Ruby Crowned Kinglet No 4 in acrylics

When I went to order  more Colourfix Suede paper I discovered that it had been discontinued and replaced with Colourfix Smooth paper.  I emailed the manufacture to found out if the surface of the new paper is still the same as the old suede paper.  And it is -  thank goodness.  Basically the same primer is now being screen printed onto 300gsm watercolour paper instead of a 500gsm paper.

I order some of the new Smooth paper and other than it being a bit thinner (which makes cutting it a lot easier), the surface is the same as the Suede. The paint still blends beautifully and I can  build up the layers.

I still have a few sheets left of the Suede Paper so for a next few weeks I will be painting on either the Suede or the Smooth paper.

This little guy is the first painting on the new paper and I am really pleased with how he turned out.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet No 4 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix 340gsm Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Nigel for the reference photo.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Kirra Beach in acrylics

I discovered Kirra Beach a few weeks back when down at the Gold Coast. There is a  small rocky headland that separates Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach and  I ended up taking quite a few reference photos from this spot.

Kirra Beach measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.





Thursday, 21 July 2016

Common Yellowthroat No 3 in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.  I used quite a few glazes to pulled up the depth to feathers and really pleased with how it turned out.

Common Yellowthroat measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.

Many thanks to Nigel for the reference photo.




Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Black Throated Gray Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one is all fluffed up.

The Black Throated Gray Warbler is a small songbird found in Western North America and winters in Mexico and the South Western United States.  They measure around 11 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 7 - 10 grams


Black Throated Gray Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Black Tailed Gnatcatcher ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.

The Black Tailed Gnatcatcher is a small songbird found in South Western United States and Northern Mexico.  They measure around 11 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 5.1 - 6 grams.

Black Tailed Gnatcatcher measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Coloufix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

White Browed Scrub Robin in acrylics

I love this ones markings.

The White Browed Scrub Robin are also known as the Red Backed Scrub Robin and are found in Africa.  They measure around 15 cm in length and weigh about 20grams.

White Browed Scrub Robin measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Winter Chickadee in acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this one and love how it turned out.  Painting the snow was interesting - ended up stippling it on with a deerfoot brush which worked really well.

Winter Chickadee measures 6 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Striated Thornbill in acrylics

Love how this one is posing.  I used quite a few glazes to get the depth the feathers.

Striated Thornbill measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.





Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Crimson Breasted Shrike ACEO in acrylics

I love the vibrant red feathers of this one.

The Crimson Breasted Shrike is also know as the Crimson Breasted Gonolek and is a Southern African bird

Crimson Breasted Shrike measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Ovenbird ACEO in acrylics

I was rather fascinated by this ones name and its interesting markings.  Its name comes from the  nest it builds as the dome and side entrance of the nest resembles that of a Dutch oven.

Ovenbirds breed in eastern North America and in Central America.  They measure between 11 - 14 cm in length and weigh between 16 - 28 grams.


Ovenbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.

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

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Black Crested Titmouse in acrylics

Love the how this one is perched on the branch.


Black Crested Titmouse measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Kathy Detweiler for the reference photo.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Tufted Titmouse No 8 in acrylics

Enjoyed painting this one - everything just worked.

Tufted Titmouse No 8 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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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Superb Fairy Wrens in acrylics

I decided to combine two of my reference photos to create this painting.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Superb Fairy Wrens measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.




Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Welcome Swallow ACEO in acrylics

I have been trying to take a good reference photo of this bird for ages - they just don't sit still for long.   I finally managed to take the reference photo for this one last week down on the Gold Coast.    Thank goodness for a 50x zoom as it was sitting on a fence post and so I managed to zoom in and get a workable reference photo.


Welcome Swallows are native to Australia and nearby islands.  They were introduced to New Zealand.  They measure around 15 cm in length and weigh on average 15 grams.

Welcome Swallow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

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Grey Headed Tanager ACEO in acrylics

 I love the tilt of this ones head.

Grey Headed Tanagers are found in the Americas.  They measure around 16 - 17 cm in length and weigh around 27 grams.

Grey Headed Tanager measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Madagascar Magpie Robin in acrylics

I love the way this one is perched on the branch and feather highlights. Really pleased with how it turned out. I used quite a few glazes to get the depth and shape to the feathers.

As the name suggests, these birds are endemic to Madagascar.

Madagascar Magpie Robin measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Frank Vassen for the reference photo.





Saturday, 2 July 2016

I'iwi ACEO in acrylics

I love the vibrant colour of this ones feathers.

I'iwi's are also known as Scarlet  Hawaiian Honeycreepers and are found in Hawai.  It is listed as a threatened species.

I'iwi measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to  Bettina Arrigoni  for the reference photo

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Golden Winged Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I love the markings of this one.

Golden Winged Warblers are found Eastern North America and winter in Southern Central America.  They are around 11.6 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 8 - 11 grams.

Golden Winged Warbler measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

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

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