Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Olive Green Tanager ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit more tricky to paint than I thought it would be.  I had to do quite a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.  Got there in the end.

Olive Green Tanagers are found in Brazil. They measure between 18 - 19 cm in length

Olive Green Tanager measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Rufous Bellied Niltava ACEO in acrylics

Love the colours of this one.

Rufous Bellied Niltava's are found in China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand. They measure between 15 - 18 cm and weigh between 19 - 24 grams.

Rufous Belled Niltava measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on COlourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

American Goldfinch No 3 in acrylics

This one was rather fun to paint - ever just seemed to work.

American Goldfinch No 3 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Hughva for the reference photo.




Thursday, 20 October 2016

Superb Fairy Wren in acrylics

This little guy posed rather nicely at the cottage I stayed at in Tasmania last month and since the little wren is one of my favourite birds as just had to paint him.  Actually never seen so many Superb Fairy Wrens as did in Tasmania - they were always on the side of the road and also a lot at Port Arthur.

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

The painting is available for purchase through my Etsy Shop.  To view the listing, please click here.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Spot Breasted Oriole ACEO in acrylics

I bought a new tube of red paint on the weekend - Cadmium red light (scarlet) and decided this bird feathers were the  prefect colour to try out my new tube of paint.  It makes a lovely orange when mixed with Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Spot Breasted Orioles are native to Southern Mexico and Central America.  They measure between 21 - 24 cm in length and weigh around 50 grams.

Spot Breasted Oriole measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Coloufix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo..

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Cape Rock Thrush ACEO in acrylics

I love how this ones feathers are all puffed up.

Cape Rock Thrush's breed in eastern and southern South Africa.  They measure between 19 -21 cm in length.

Cape Rock Thrush measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Tailed Tit in acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this inquisitive little guy.  It was a bit more tricky to paint the front on view of its beak but enjoyed the challenge and really pleased with how it turned out.

Long Tailed Tit measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Mikhail Vedernikov for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Lesser Goldfinch ACEO in acrylics

And for the next I painted  this one.  Rather pleased with how it turned out too.

Lesser Goldfinch measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Yellow Thornbill ACEO in acrylics

I love painting yellow birds so decided to paint a few this week.  This is the first one..

Yellow Thornbill measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Magpie Lark in acrylics

These birds are a regular visitor to my garden.  Normally they are looking for food on the ground so I have never  been able to get a good reference photo of them.  But a few weeks ago, they were making an awful racket so I went to see what the problem was and for the first time ever there was a  Laughing Kookaburra sitting on the back fence.  The Magpie Larks were not happy with the new visitor and were trying to scary it off.  Which didn't work as the Kookaburra was not at all worried about them and sat on the back fence for about 20 minutes.  That enabled me to take reference photos of the Kookaburra and since  the Magpie Lark was trying to scary it away, he was also on the fence so managed to get reference photos of both the Kookaburra and Magpie Lark. I am also planning on painting the kookaburra - just haven't decided on the size yet.

Magpie Larks are known by quite a few different names in the  different states of Australia.  Here in Queensland and in New South Wales they are known as a Peewee, in Victoria and Western Australian they are known as a Mudlark and in South Australia they are known as a Murray Magpie.  Who knew a bird could be known by so many names.  They are found in Australia (except Tasmania) and also Southern New Guinea.  They measure around 25 - 30 cm in length and weigh  between 63 - 118 grams.

Magpie Lark measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Scarlet Robin No 3 in acrylics

This little guy was a regular morning visitor at the accommodation I stayed in at Cygnet, Tasmania.  I do love painting robins so took lots and lots of photos of this little guy. 

Scarlet Robin No 3 measures 6 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Spotted Pardalote No 2 in acrylics

I have always wanted to see this bird in person and on recent holiday to Tasmania I managed to get too see one.  Thank goodness for 50x cameras -  I saw an outline in a gum tree and knew that it was pardalote shape and with the aid of binoculars and the camera was able to see him.  Really pleased with how my painting turned out as the  reference photo I took was right into digital zoom mode so it was not the sharpest reference photo to work from.  But I have found that I have painted so many birds  now that I can draw on my knowledge and work from not so great reference photos.  So there is truth  to the saying "Practice makes perfect" :).

Spotted Pardalote No 2 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Red Eyed Vireo ACEO in acrylics

This one was rather fun to paint - everything just worked.

Red Eyed Vireos are a small American Songbird.  They measure between 12 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 12 - 26 grams.

Red Eyed Vireo measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Red Winged Blackbird ACEO in acrylcis

I love how this one is perched on the branch with its head at a different angle.

Red Winged Blackbirds are found in North and Central America. They measure around 17 - 23 cm in length and weigh between 32 - 77 grams.

Red Winged Blackbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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