Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Black Capped Chickadee No 6 in acrylics

I love painting chickadees and everything just seemed to work with this one.

Black Capped Chickadee No 6 measures 6 x 4 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.



Winter Wren in acrylics

It is always a bit more tricky to paint something that is more or less the same colour but I like the challenge.  I ended doing quite a few glazes to build up the depth to the feathers.

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

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


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Friday, 24 February 2017

Clay Coloured Sparrow No 2 in acrylics

I love the tilt of this ones head.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Clay Coloured Sparrow No 2  measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

House Wren ACEO in acrylics

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

House Wrens are found in North & South America.  They measure between 11 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 10 - 12 grams.

House Wren measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

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

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Gray Catbird ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit more tricky to paint than I thought it would be.  I used quite a few glazes to depth and colour to the feathers.

Gray Catbirds are found in North & Central America.  They measure between 21 - 24 cm and weigh  between 23 - 56 grams.

Gray Catbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

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

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Blue Tit No 6 in acrylics

I loved painting this fluffy little guy. 

Blue Tit No 6 measures 4 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Aschi for the reference photo.





Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Boreal Chickadee No 2 in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - everything just worked.

Boreal Chickadee No 2 measures 6 x 4 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Coal Tit No 2 in acrylics

I love how this one stands out from the background.  I did quite a few glazes / layers to build up the depth to the feathers and I love how it turned out.

Coal Tit No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Andy Morffew for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

American Tree Sparrow ACEO in acrylics

And for the next one, I a paint an American Tree Sparrow - also love this ones markings and colouring.

American Tree Sparrows are found in North America.  They measure around 14 cm in length and weigh 13 - 28 grams.

American Tree Swallow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

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

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Black Throated Sparrow ACEO in acrylics

For this weeks bird aceo's I decided to paint some sparrows.  This is the first one a Black Throated Sparrow - I love its markings.

Black Throated Sparrows are found in South Western United States and Mexico.  They measure around 12 - 14 cm in lengh and wieh betewenn 11 - 15 grams.

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

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Green Kingfisher in acrylics

I love how this little kingfisher is perched on the branch.  I pulled out my tube of Sap Green for the final glazes together with Transparent Yellow for the highlights.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Green Kingfisher measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Brian Ralphs for the reference photo.




Lesser Kiskadee in acrylics

This one was rather fun to paint.  I did quite a few layers / glazes to get the depth to the feathers and I love how the  bird is offset against the dark background.

Lesser Kiskadee measures 4 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Brian Ralphs for the reference photo.




Red Breasted Nutharch No 2 in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.

Red Breasted Nuthatch No 2 measures 6 x 4 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.




Thursday, 9 February 2017

Northern Parula No 2 in acrylics

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

Northern Parula measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Michael Pazzani for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Yellow Wagtail ACEO in acrylics

Since I love painting yellow birds, I couldn't resist painting this one.

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

Many thanks to Andy Morffew for the reference photo.

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Eastern Meadowlark ACEO in acrylics

Eastern Meadowlarks are found in from Eastern North America through to South America. They measure between 19 - 26 cm in length and weigh between 90 - 150 grams.

Eastern Meadowlark measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted in Coloufix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Superb Fairy Wren No 8 in acrylics

I was going through my photos from a few years back and came across the reference photo for this one.  Back then I would have put it into the too hard basket as painting a beak front on is a lot trickier than painting a beak from a side angle.  Now days I am up for a challenge and since I really love the way he is perch on the branch I couldn't resist painting him.

Superb Fairy Wren No 8 measures 6 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Winters Day in acrylics

It has been a rather hot summer here in Qld with no break from the 30C plus temperate each day for last few weeks and with more high temperatures on the way.  It is meant to be heading to 35 / 37C on the weekend. So when I saw this reference photo, it reminded me of my trip to Tasmania when it was snowing and nice and cold 😊.  So for a time, I was taken back to the memory of the lovely cold weather I experienced while I was painting this scene.

Winters Day measures 5 x 7 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Suzanne Johnson for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Orange Breasted Waxbill ACEO in acrylics

I love the vibrant orange feathers of this bird

Orange Breasted Waxbill's are found in Africa.  They measure around 9cm in length and weigh around 7.5 grams.

Orange Breasted Waxbill 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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Ashy Tit ACEO in acrylics

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

Ashy Tits are found in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.  They measure around 15 cm in length and weigh between 19 - 22 grams.

Ashy Tit 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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